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March 30, 2020 — An infant in Chicago who tested positive for coronavirus is the first to die in the U.S. of causes related to the disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported Saturday.

“A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death,” IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike, MD, said in a statement. “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

Children have accounted for a smaller number of cases of COVID-19 as older adults and people with underlying conditions or compromised immunity are considered at higher risk of the disease.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that in China, children made up less than 1% of COVID-19 cases there. The study also reported one infant death there, in a 10-month old.

Early data from the CDC on U.S. cases found that 2% to 3% of hospitalizations from coronavirus were in children and teens under the age of 19.

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Sources

New England Journal of Medicine: "SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Children."

CDC.

News release, Illinois Department of Public Health, March 28, 2020.

 

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