Over 14.7 mln US children infected with COVID-19

A child wears a KN95 protective mask for kids arranged in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, US, January 13, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Over 14.7 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association.

Over 289,000 of these cases have been added in the past four weeks. Approximately 6.85 million reported cases have been added in 2022, according to the report published on Tuesday.

For the week ending Sept. 22, child COVID-19 cases accounted for 16.9 percent of all infections reported in the United States. But the reported cases are likely a "substantial undercount" of COVID-19 cases, according to the report.

There is a need to collect more age-specific data to assess the severity of illness related to new variants as well as potential longer-term effects, said the AAP.

"It is important to recognize there are immediate effects of the pandemic on children's health, but importantly we need to identify and address the long-lasting impacts on the physical, mental, and social well-being of this generation of children and youth," said the AAP.