Aug 23, 2022 - COVID
CDC estimates 85% of Iowa kids have had COVID
Nearly 85% of Iowa kids have already been infected with COVID-19, new CDC data show.
Driving the news: The CDC released the results of its latest pediatric antibody seroprevalence survey last week.
- It estimates the percentage of people between the ages of 6 months and 17 years with antibodies against the virus in their blood.
- However, they do not necessarily show how many kids have enough antibodies to protect them against reinfection.
Zoom out: The national average is 79.7%.
What we're watching: Whether the return to classrooms results in an uptick of cases among youth this fall.
Of note: Children are at low risk of catching monkeypox — another ongoing public health emergency — according to the CDC.
- It's generally contained to people who have had sexual contact with someone who has the disease.
- A vaccine is currently being recommended for people in higher-risk populations or those who have been exposed.
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