HealthDay News – Of those aged younger than 21 years with deaths associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), most are aged 10 to 20 years, and 75% of deaths occur in those with an underlying medical condition, according to research published in the September 15 early-release issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Danae Bixler, MD, from the CDC COVID-19 Response Team, and colleagues describe characteristics of US persons aged younger than 21 years who died in association with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The researchers found that 63% of the 121 SARS-CoV-2-associated deaths reported to the CDC during February 12, 2020, to July 31, 2020 occurred in males; 10, 20, and 70% of decedents were aged under 1 year, 1 to 9 years, and 10 to 20 years, respectively; and 45, 29, and 4% were Hispanic, non-Hispanic Black, and non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN), respectively. Seventy-five percent of the decedents had an underlying medical condition. Overall, 65 and 32% died after admission to a hospital and at home or in the emergency department, respectively.

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“Adolescents and young adults, Hispanic, Black, and AI/AN persons, and persons with underlying medical conditions are disproportionately represented among deaths associated with SARS-CoV-2 in persons aged under 21 years,” the authors write.

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