Most North Carolina kids have had COVID-19
About three-quarters of North Carolina's children have already been infected with COVID-19, new CDC data shows.
Driving the news: The CDC's pediatric antibody seroprevalence survey, released last week, examined samples from nearly 500 North Carolinians ranging in age from 6 months old to 17 years.
- The results indicate that an estimated 79.5% of those children had at least one resolving or past infection with SARS-CoV-2.
Why it matters: At the start of the 2022-23 school year, the story of our children's relationship with COVID-19 is dramatically different from what it was last year or the year before.
- Those two Augusts brought furious arguments over prevention — if and when to reopen in 2020, whether to end mask policies in 2021.
- This year, with vaccines widely available for people 6 months and up, the Wake County Public Schools COVID-19 page is a landing spot for recommendations, not mandates, and tips on how to minimize risk for the most vulnerable.
By the numbers: About 69% of Wake County children between ages 12-17 have received at least one vaccine dose, according to NCDHHS. 49% of kids ages 5-11 have a dose, and 12% of kids between 0-4 do.
- Durham County's numbers are about the same, with the one exception: a noticeably higher percentage of kids ages 0-4 (17%) has received a dose.
The bottom line: Most North Carolina school systems on a traditional calendar welcome students back this coming Monday, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, most of the kids sitting at desks will have had COVID-19.
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