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Number of children infected with coronavirus in U.S. hospitals breaks record

The number of children hospitalized with the coronavirus in the United States reached a record on Saturday, Reuters writes.

As of August 14, 1,902 children infected with the coronavirus were admitted to U.S. hospitals with COVID-19 overnight. Hospitals in the south of the country because of the outbreak of strain “delta” are fully loaded with thousands of patients over the past two weeks, their number has repeatedly broken records. Children now account for about 2.4 percent of hospitalizations with the diagnosis, according to the U.S. Department of Health. Schoolchildren under the age of 12 are not eligible for vaccinations, making them more vulnerable to infection caused by the new variant of COVID-19.

“This is not last year's COVID-19. This one is even worse. And our children will suffer the most from it,” said former American Academy of Pediatrics president Sally Goza.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of first-time hospitalizations for the coronavirus, ages 18 to 49, this week was also a record. Delta is strongest in Florida, accounting for one-fifth of all COVID-19 patients. On Saturday, doctors in the state recorded a record of 16,100 cases.

Earlier, scientists found that children born during the pandemic had significantly lower IQ (intelligence quotient) scores. The average Mullen Early Development Scale test score for those born during the pandemic was 78 — compared to 100 for those born before the pandemic (from 2011 to 2019).

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