PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Keeping children safe on the playground is one thing. Protecting them from COVID-19 is quite another. "It just kind of worries me because they're kids and more vulnerable than adults," said Phoenix mom Maritza Castro.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is reporting a 2% jump in the number of COVID-19 cases among children nationwide. Kids now make up 16.8% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases, with pediatric hospitalizations up, as well.
Pearl Jaramillo of Phoenix said those kind of numbers get your attention. "It is scary because now, it's not just the adults; it's affecting the children," said Jaramillo.
Dr. Ross Goldberg with Valleywise Health is not surprised that the number of COVID-19 cases among kids is on the rise. "Just from a logic, medicine standpoint, if the virus is looking for areas to spread, it's going to go after those more vulnerable," said Goldberg. "Right now, the most vulnerable are groups that are not vaccinated, and one of those groups are younger populations."
Severe illness and death remain incredibly rare among children, and hospitalizations for kids who get COVID-19 is less than 2% according to the AAP. "I'm not concerned about it," said Rose Marie Rokuskie. "I think kids are very resilient."