Youths fastest-growing segment of coronavirus cases in NC – WRAL.com


Fifteen percent of infections during the recent week were in youths 14 or younger, up from 8 percent a year earlier. But the spike in youth virus cases is even more troubling in Durham, where 16.5 percent of those infected during the past month were under age 12 – the highest percentage for that age group during the pandemic – and nearly a third of cases are among those 17 or younger. Tony Moody, a Duke University Health System pediatrician, said the increase isn't entirely unexpected because children under 12 aren't yet eligible to be vaccinated against the virus.

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