COVID-19: Pediatric Infections On The Rise

New data from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a 13-percent increase in children infected over the first two weeks of October. NBC's Jay Gray reports.

(NBC News) — The number of states dealing with a significant increase in coronovirus cases continues to grow, with some areas seeing infections higher than they’ve been since the start of the pandemic.

The midwest is seeing the highest increases.

Chicago is reporting more than 500 cases a day, the positivity rate in Missouri is above 21-percent, and Nebraska and Wisconsin are running short on hospital beds.

“In my 34 years as a physician, I have never seen so much suffering from a single disease over such a short period of time,” says Dr. Paul Casey of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

A growing number of those suffering are children. New data from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a 13-percent increase in children infected over the first two weeks of October.

COVID fatigue, colder weather keeping people indoors and families gathering for the holiday season are all factors that doctors worry will keep pushing infections higher.

“Don’t let your guard down,” warns Dr. David Wilcox, Chief Medical Officer for Sanford Health in Bemidji, Minnesota. “It comes as an innocent idea of coming up to the cabin for a weekend, and can end up in a family tragedy, someone becoming ill or dying.”

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