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The US topped 5 million cases of coronavirus early Sunday — and as experts have highlighted before, the true number of infections could be many times higher.

The number means the country holds about a quarter of global cases of the virus and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. As of 9:00 a.m. ET, the US had at least 5,045,564, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

To put the number in perspective, that means the United States has had more Covid-19 cases than Ireland has people. The number of cases is also slightly higher than the entire population of Alabama.

To put the speed in which the number is growing in perspective:

It took the country 99 days to reach 1 million.
43 days to hit 2 million.
28 days for 3 million and 15 days to surpass 4 million on July 23.
The number has jumped to 5 million in 17 days.

(I wonder how we are REALLY doing :-)
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More than 97,000 children in the US tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, a new report says.

The report, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, said in those two weeks, there was a 40% increase in child cases across the states and cities that were studied.

The age range for children differed by state, with some defining children as only those up to age 14 and one state -- Alabama -- pushing the limit to 24.

The compiled data comes during back-to-school season as health officials are trying to understand the effects of the virus on children and the role young people play in its spread. Some schools have begun welcoming crowds back to class and others have had to readjust their reopening plans in response to infections.

In one Georgia high school that made headlines after a photo of a crowded school hallway went viral, nine coronavirus cases were reported, according to a letter from the principal. Six of those cases were students and three were staff members, the letter said.

While some US leaders -- including the President -- have said the virus doesn't pose a large risk to children, one recent study suggests older children can transmit the virus just as much as adults. Another study said children younger than 5 carry a higher viral load than adults, raising even more questions about their role in transmission.

At least 86 children have died since May, according to the new report. Last week, a 7-year-old boy with no pre-existing conditions became the youngest coronavirus victim in Georgia. In Florida, two teenagers died earlier this month bringing the state's death toll of minors to seven.

Frankly, I'm concerned that, even those who are asymptomatic today may, years from now, suffer related disease (thinking of chicken pox virus causing everything from cold sores to shingles decades later)

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(I wonder how we are REALLY doing :-)

Well ... at over 1000 deaths a day for the past two weeks, nobody else is even close?

Imagine when the returns come in on the half million motorcycle people party and the schools that are reopening!

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