CDC Has Not Tracked the Comorbidities of the 361 Children 17 and Under Who Died of COVID

Susan Jones | August 19, 2021 | 8:41am EDT
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( - Since the start of the pandemic through August 18, 2021, a total of 361 children, ages 0-17, have died of COVID-involved disease, based on death certificates submitted so far to CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Those 361 children represent 0.0587 percent of the total 614,531 COVID deaths in the United States.

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The CDC told that the National Center for Health Statistics does not track health conditions that may have contributed to the deaths of children in that specific 0-17 age group, although it does track co-morbidities in the broader 0-24 age group, based on information from death certificates.

In the 0-24 age group, which mixes adults with school-age children, the most prevalent co-morbidities listed on death certificates are respiratory illnesses, influenza/pneumonia, obesity, diseases of the circulatory system, and sepsis.

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