Pediatric COVID-19 cases in Mississippi 10 times higher than previously thought: Study

Antibodies show children testing positive are a small percentage of total cases.

3/5/2021 5:26:00 AM

The number of children and adolescents with COVID-19 in Mississippi may be more than 10 times the number of previously reported cases, according to a new study.

Antibodies show children testing positive are a small percentage of total cases.

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The number of children and adolescents with COVID-19 in Mississippi may be more than 10 times the number of previously reported cases, according to a.Pediatricians have previously suggested that because children are more likely to have COVID-19 without showing any symptoms,

many infections in childrenare never diagnosed.Looking back at residual blood samples from people younger than 18 collected from May to September 2020, researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in collaboration with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measured levels of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 .

MORE: COVID-19 vaccine testing on children: What scientists want you to knowThey found that the percentage of samples positive for antibodies increased from 2.5% in May to 16.3% in September. Overall, their results suggested that an estimated 113,842 Mississippi children and adolescents had been infected by September 2020.

In contrast, only 8,993 cases were reported to the Mississippi Health Department by that time -- a figure that could be as much as 10 times less that the real number of children and adolescents infected in the state.Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP

A woman puts a bus number sticker on a first grader, as he gets off the bus for his first day back to school, Aug. 6, 2020, in Saltillo, Miss.Of note, the samples are from children who needed bloodwork for other reasons and may not represent the actual population. Nevertheless, the authors and some experts note that the results from case-based surveillance likely underestimate the rate of infections.

Many children continue to test positive for COVID-19 and, despite limited statistics, more are believed to be positive than show in case rates, according to Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist with Boston Children's Hospital and an ABC News contributor.

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"It helps push the concept that young people are still involved in transmission of this virus and need to be accounted for," he said of the Mississippi study.While severe illnesses may be rare in children, infection and transmission to peers and adults remains possible.

Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty Images, FILEColumbia Elementary School 4th grade reading and language arts teacher Danielle Whittington works with students on Aug. 25, 2020 in Columbia, Miss.This study was released as restrictions -- such as mask mandates and business closures -- have been

, and with many children returning to school.The New York Timesreported this weekthat based on its analysis of nationwide COVID-19 rates, only 4% of children live in counties where transmission is low enough for full-time, in-person learning without additional restrictions suggested by the CDC.

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Why did this teacher wear a nightie to work? Mississippi 'We don't need no stinkin masks.' Bullshit, stop scaring everyone 💖 PLEASE READ💖👀 WE'RE OUT OF TIME to secure His 'Aftercare fund' for years of proper follow up & meds, a new 💙 w/out it means He'll reject it & die. PLEASE, if U can't donate, just retweet so others can see, for a Child, Thank You!! AboysHeart

Those who control the indoctrination knowledge control the masses. Teacher unions are a part of the psyop. Only government institutions can 'save' through compliance/acceptance. It's not about money It's about buy in and validation of the populace. Stockholm Syndrome If we looked at the salaries of public school teachers in the South we would be shocked. We would be surprised at how little local school districts pay to educate our future leaders. Dismissal or denial will not help those students.

Is that outfit appropriate for a teacher?🤔 The coronavirus is the virus that causes COVID19. These lazy reporters should not use the terms interchangeably. A person can be infected with the coronavirus but never develop COVID19. Lets not forget SC. People in TX MS SC deserves better leadership representation. This too shall pass. GOP GOPLeader LeaderMcConnell DNC SpeakerPelosi SenSchumer POTUS VP CNN MSNBC FaceTheNation CBSNews

This teacher is missing her pants 👖 OMG😢😢😢 I think many families don’t report the kids. It’s common in my area too. 😩😞 🚩 Pair MIS-C data She forgot her pants! But let's open everything up the governor says. Mississippi, is one of the states where children have fared the worst and not just in the number of cases.

That is a lie Good thing none of those kids are over 75 years old, because then they would have to worry... Snd flu numbers way down, hmmm. Oh wait the flu is a CORONABIRUS. And flu numbers way down, hmmm. Oh wait the flu is a CORONABIRUS. sorry? Texasmeme2021 As a teacher the first thing this image makes me think Where the Heck is her pants

It’s Mississippi which ranks dead last for health care in the US and 48th in children’s well being. 𝙽𝚘𝚠 𝙸 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚊𝚢𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 Alexadra_Alison 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚎, Alexandra Alison 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚊 Woman 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚜, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚎.

This is just blatant fear mongering. Do better. This is more fear porn Shame Mississippi and Texas are set up for failure, but the leaders. Just a disgrace. All this is political, it’s not about the health and well being for these two states. And the majority of them had barely the sniffles In other words, this disease is weak as hell of up to 10x as many people have it than believed to have had it

I wonder about Florida. All of my son’s friends have tested positive. He has not. But been quarantined three times for being around a student with COVID. It’s a wonder he and they have been able to do any schoolwork. Tough year! Republicans want Covid to spread because it’s disproportionately killing minorities and minorities tend to vote for Democrats. Plus most are racist AF.

Now do the the number of cases, not to mention nursing home deaths, in New York. Not getting over MS letting go of the fear are you? This whole Covid thing..the cases, numbers, testing was botched from day one...don’t bother keeping track and reporting of any of this anymore Mississippi relenting restrictions? Queue up some “new studies”. Predictable move by MSM

Wait you mean GOP leaders in Mississippi lie to their voters about Covid numbers? Huh... guess it ain't just NY who cares more about their own asses, instead of their voters. Well perfect time to lift mask mandate Which is what the CDC was saying back in summer 2020. Omg, really, how crazy this comes out now? Fake much?

Good! Need to toughen those little snowflak bstares up! What impeccable timing. Time to look at how ALL the states and how accurately they report COVID deaths. What about the THOUSANDS of people more than average who died of 'PNEUMONIA' in Florida in 2020 ? Wait 10x more In the whole state?