CDC: 0.04% of COVID-19 Deaths Are in Children 17 and Under

Terence P. Jeffrey | March 27, 2021 | 12:09pm EDT
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( - Of the 526,028 deaths in the United States involving COVID-19, as officially reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 238 have been in children 17 and younger.

That equals 0.04 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported in the United States.

The largest number of COVID-19 deaths was among people 85 and older (162,583), according to the CDC. That was followed by 146,310 COVID-19 deaths in people 75 to 84; 115,381 in people 65 to 74; 78,883 in people 50 to 64; 15,134 in people 40 to 49; 5,583 in people 30 to 39; and 1,916 in people 18 to 29.According to the death certificate data reported by the CDC as of March 24, 526,028 people had deaths involving COVID-19. Of those, 238 were 17 or younger.

According to the CDC it can take multiple weeks for death certificates to reach the National Center for Health Statistics.

“Data during recent periods are incomplete because of the lag in time between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes,” says a footnote to the CDC chart listing COVID-19 involved deaths by age group. “This delay can range from 1 week to 8 weeks or more, depending on the jurisdiction and cause of death.”

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