ALTHOUGH there is a lower Covid fatality rate in children, there are still many who have tragically succumbed to the virus.
As the vaccine continues to roll out, however, more than 50 million people in the US are fully protected against Covid-19 after receiving the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson jabs.
How many children have died from Covid?
According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 271 children have died from Covid.
Nearly 3 million kids in the US have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.
Last year, former President Donald Trump said that children “are almost immune from this disease. … They don’t have a problem.”
Sean O’Leary, an immunization researcher at Children’s Hospital Colorado said that although relatively few children pass away from the virus, “for every one of these deaths, quite a few kids spend a long time in ICUs and suffer lingering effects.”
Disproportionately, about three-quarters of children who’ve succumbed to Covid so far are children of color, according to CDC data.
However, clinical trial results of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine showed their two-dose jab is 100 percent effective in children.
The clinical trial results is the first time a vaccine manufacturer has released promising results of the jab in children under the age of 16.
How many people have died from Covid in total?
There have been 500,000 Covid-related deaths since the first fatality in the United States.
The death toll is now larger than the combined American losses in combat from the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The death toll in the US has eclipsed that of any other country on the planet.
The hardest-hit states include New York, California, Texas, New Jersey and Massachusetts .
100,000 coronavirus deaths in the US was the lowest estimate according to NBC news.
What’s the latest Covid-19 update in the US?
Experts fear a fourth wave of coronavirus is on tap with cases rising all over the country.
Doctors urge people to continue to get vaccinated. You can check out our article to find out if you’re eligible to receive the vaccine in each of the 50 states.
“We are almost at the finish line, but we’re not there,” Dr Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, told CBS News.
President Joe Biden said on March 29 that “our work is far from over.”
“The war against Covid-19 is far from won,” he added, according to The Hill.
“This is deadly serious. If we let our guard down now, we could see a virus getting worse, not better.”
The US has reported an average of 65,000 new cases in each of the seven days leading up to March 30, according to The Hill.