WKBW: CDC seeing more children, adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 as delta variant spreads

WKBW: CDC seeing more children, adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 as delta variant spreads. “On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the U.S. had seen an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in children and adolescents in recent weeks as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Friday said the hospitalization rate of children and adolescents infected with COVID-19 increased by nearly five times between June 26 and Aug. 14.”

Kids, Masks And Mental Health: Navigating The Myths (University of Utah Health)

University of Utah Health: Kids, Masks And Mental Health: Navigating The Myths. “Addressing the misinformation about the mental and physical barriers that wearing a mask in school may bring – University of Utah Health experts weigh in. Face masks have been identified as one of the crucial tools to help stop the spread of COVID-19 yet the debate over whether they work or are necessary has been ongoing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

Phys .org: Research shows children have natural ability to survive, thrive and learn during lockdowns

Phys .org: Research shows children have natural ability to survive, thrive and learn during lockdowns. “The research focussed on the national COVID-19 lockdown during school Term One and continuing in Term Two, 2020 and looked at children’s experiences of informal, everyday learning in their household bubble. In Terms Three and Four, primary school children in Years 4–8 took part in a group activity and were interviewed about their own experiences.”

CNN: US Surgeon General urges parents and officials take these steps to protect children from Covid-19

CNN: US Surgeon General urges parents and officials take these steps to protect children from Covid-19. “A return to in-person learning has led to thousands of students having to quarantine across the US, with Covid-19 cases among children surging to levels not seen since winter. With the increased threat, the US Surgeon General is urging parents and officials to take measures that reduce the risk of a child’s environment.”

Tech Transparency: Apple’s App Store Loopholes Put Children at Risk

Tech Transparency Project: Apple’s App Store Loopholes Put Children at Risk. “Apple announced a controversial plan this month to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse—a response to mounting concerns about the digital explosion of such content. But a new investigation by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) shows that Apple is failing to take even the most basic steps to protect children in one of its core profit engines: the App Store.”

CNN: Irish tech firm helps kids’ voices be heard

CNN: Irish tech firm helps kids’ voices be heard. “While personal artificial intelligence (AI) assistants are becoming increasingly integrated in our everyday lives, they are just one use of voice tech — and are primarily designed for adults. Irish tech startup SoapBox Labs wants that to change. The Dublin-based firm has developed speech recognition technology designed specifically for children — and it’s already in use across a range of applications, from toys to education apps.”

Minecraft vs. Roblox: Which Is Best for You or Your Child? (Make Tech Easier)

Make Tech Easier: Minecraft vs. Roblox: Which Is Best for You or Your Child?. “Minecraft vs. Roblox is a big battle between two of the leading sandbox games. They both let players build and explore worlds, go on adventures alongside others, and create something akin to using digital Lego bricks. Even so, there are differences you’ll want to know about before choosing one. This post will look at Minecraft vs. Roblox in a number of areas, and which one’s best for you (or your child).”

‘This is real’: Fear and hope in an Arkansas pediatric ICU (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘This is real’: Fear and hope in an Arkansas pediatric ICU. “Today, as delta infections mount, some front line doctors suggest children are being hospitalized at higher rates and with more serious illnesses because of the new variant — a still-unproven hypothesis. What is indisputable is that in a swath of low-vaccination states stretching from Florida, South Carolina and Texas, up to Indiana and Missouri, the first large wave of pediatric cases is hitting hard — overwhelming hospitals, dominating political debates over mask and vaccine mandates and throwing school reopening plans into disarray.”

ABC News: Front-line workers warn of significant increase in pediatric COVID patients

ABC News: Front-line workers warn of significant increase in pediatric COVID patients. “Since the onset of the pandemic, nearly 4.3 million children have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, with infection rates growing exponentially in recent weeks. In the last week, 94,000 new pediatric COVID-19 cases were reported, representing 15% of all reported new infections. Similarly, pediatric COVID-19-related hospital admissions are at their highest level since the onset of the pandemic.”

New York Times: We Studied One Million Students. This Is What We Learned About Masking.

New York Times: We Studied One Million Students. This Is What We Learned About Masking.. “For more than a year, we’ve worked with North Carolina school districts and charter schools, studying the rate of new Covid cases, the efficacy of mitigation measures such as masking and the increased risks of participating in school-sponsored sports. We have learned a few things for certain: Although vaccination is the best way to prevent Covid-19, universal masking is a close second, and with masking in place, in-school learning is safe and more effective than remote instruction, regardless of community rates of infection.”

The Atlantic: The Best Way to Keep Your Kids Safe From Delta

The Atlantic: The Best Way to Keep Your Kids Safe From Delta. “The number of kids contracting the coronavirus is rising. In the week that ended with July 29, more than 70,000 children got COVID-19, representing nearly a fifth of all cases. Though a vanishingly small number of kids have died of the disease—358 since the start of the pandemic, as of July 29—some states, like Florida, now have dozens of children hospitalized. Few parents want to hear that their little ones may get COVID-19, no matter how low their odds of death.”

CNN: The really worrisome thing about the Delta variant

CNN: The really worrisome thing about the Delta variant. “Here’s the real news: there is growing evidence that — for whatever reason (higher viral loads, something different about how the virus is handled by less mature immune systems, or something else), children infected by the Delta variant may develop a more severe form of the disease compared to illness caused by other forms of the virus.”