That is a significant uptick.

Courtesy of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Nearly one-in-three children tested for the new coronavirus in Florida has been positive, and a South Florida health official is concerned the disease could cause lifelong damage even for children with mild illness.

Dr. Alina Alonso, Palm Beach County’s health department director, warned county commissioners Tuesday that much is unknown about the long-term health consequences for children who catch COVID-19.

X-rays have revealed the virus can cause lung damage even in people without severe symptoms, she said.

“They are seeing there is damage to the lungs in these asymptomatic children. … We don’t know how that is going to manifest a year from now or two years from now,” Alonso said. “Is that child going to have chronic pulmonary problems or not?”

“This is not the virus you bring everybody together to make sure you catch it and get it over with,” she said. “This is something serious, and we are learning new information about this virus every day.”

State statistics also show the percentage of children testing positive is much higher than the population as a whole. Statewide, about 31% of 54,022 children tested have been positive. The state’s positivity rate for the entire population is about 11%.

This is a point that needs to be made over and over again.

Just because children do not seem to get as sick as adults in most cases, that does not mean they are not affected by this virus in ways that may cause them severe health difficulties later on.

We have already seen reports of damage to the lungs, kidneys, and heart, as well as multiple blood clots throughout the body. 

Believing that this thing is not having a devastating effect on our children just because it is not blatantly obvious when they get sick is bullshit!

Schools need to remain closed, and especially those in Florida.