Coronavirus Spiking Among Kids

Right when parents and teachers are weighing an eventual return to the classroom, we're now seeing a disturbing surge in virus cases among children and teens.

New analysis from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association found that cases among children grew 40% nationwide in the back half of July. California saw a 36% increase in children, which is twice as much as those 18-36.  

More than 50,000 cases have been reported in California in those 17 and under.

Thankfully, children still seem to be more resilient to severe cases of COVID-19 so hospitalizations and deaths are still rare but the trend is concerning to Oakland mom of two Wendy Medina.

"They be having asthma since they were born so their lungs are weak," said Medina, who has been arguing with friends who would prefer to send their kids to school in person. "They say 'Little kids can’t get it.' You don't know."

Public health experts and doctors have urged teenagers to be careful and follow restrictions as they can still contract the virus and transmit it to others.

But it can be difficult to get that message through to teenagers who already feel invincible.

Fifteen-year-old Jaden Dukes is just starting high school and says he and his friends rarely wear masks.

"Most of them think they won’t need it, and then the others think it’s not that serious. I’m one of those people that think it’s not serious like that," he explained. "Coronavirus is serious to an extent to me, but I think it’s serious for the older people because they get it easier."