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RATE THAN MOST OF THE COUNTRY AND ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT DATA PUT OUT BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS WE ARE THIRD IN THE NATION FOR CHILD DEATHS NEWS 4 TUCSON'S

CHORUS NYLANDER INVESTIGATES WHAT MAY BE DRIVING THE NUMBERS AND WHAT MEDICAL EXPERTS EXPECT MOVING FORWARD THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND CHILDREN'S

HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION HAVE BEEN COLLABORATING ON COMPILING DATA FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR MONTHS NOW - SPECIFICALLY ON THE VIRUS'S IMPACT ON CHILDREN - IN ARIZONA THE

NUMBERS HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY HIGH NAT "SOUND OF THE BREEZE" CHORUS: SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THE MORNING BREEZE NAT "WATER FOUNTAIN, DUCKS" CHORUS: OR NATURE'S BEAUTY...HAS JUAN

ANTONIO LIZERRAGA...FEELING THANKFUL TO SEE ANOTHER DAY WITH ALL HIS LOVED ONES STILL BY HIS SIDE JUAN ANTONIO LIZERRAGA - FAMILY RECOVERED FROM COVID19 "IT TOOK A BIG

TOLL OUT OF ME" CHORUS: JUAN AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY - HIS MOTHER - GRANDMOTHER AND 8 YEAR OLD SISTER - ALL CAUGHT COVID19 AND GOT VERY SICK THE END OF MAY CG HIT 44-48 JUAN

LIZERRAGA "IT WAS LIKE A VERY BAD FLU WE COULDN'T TASTE ANYTHING WE COULDN'T SMELL ANYTHING" CHORUS: JUAN SAYS HIS GREATEST WORRY WAS FOR HIS GRANDMOTHER AND LITTLE SISTER

- JUAN "IT WAS VERY SCARY" CHORUS: BEING JUST 19 - JUAN AND HIS LITTLE SISTER ARE AMONG THE GROWING LIST OF MORE THAN 47,000 CHILDREN WHO HAVE CAUGHT THE VIRUS IN ARIZONA -

WHICH CATEGORIZES CHILD CASES AGES 19 AND YOUNGER JUAN "IT DEFINITELY DID A LOT OF DAMAGE EVEN TO SOMEONE AS YOUNG AS ME" CHORUS: THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND

CHILDRENS HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION HAVE BEEN COMPILING WEEKLY DATA REPORTS TRACKING CASES OF COVID19 AMONG CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY - ACCORDING TO ITS LATEST REPORT ARIZONA HAS THE

FIFTH HIGHEST NUMBER OF CUMULATIVE CHILD CASES IN THE COUNTRY - BUT THE THIRD WHEN IT COMES TO DEATHS - 9 CHILDREN HAVE DIED IN ARIZONA SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE

PANDEMIC CG HIT 1:35-1:40 DR.

SEAN ELLIOTT - TMC HEALTHCARE PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERT "WE HAVE BEEN AT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS FOR ABOUT 6 WEEKS, TWO MONTHS OR SO" CHORUS: DOCTOR SEAN ELLIOTT -

A PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERT WITH TMCONE AND TMC HOSPITALS - BELIEVES THE LINGERING HIGH NUMBER OF CASES CAN BE BLAMED ON OUR CLIMATE DR. ELLIOTT "ARIZONA WHERE WE

TAKE REFUGE WHEN IT'S 112, 115 DEGREES OUT WE WERE INSIDE BEING EXPOSED TO OTHERS VIA AIR CONDITIONING INFECTING EACH OTHER" CHORUS: BUT THE SUMMER IS BEHIND US -

TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN MILD - WHY ARE OUR CASES STILL SURGING? DR. ELLIOTT "THAT'S ALL BASED ON OUR SOCIAL PATTERNS AND OUR INABILITY TO WEAR MASKS WHERE WE NEED TO"

CHORUS: DOCTOR NATASHA BHUYAN AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT THE UARIZONA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE IN PHOENIX - AGREES WITH DR.

ELLIOTT BUT ALSO BELIEVES DEMOGRAPHICS MAY BE PLAYING A TRAGIC ROLE <CG HIT 2:23-2:30 DR. NATASHA BHUYAN - ASSISTANT PROFESSOR UARIZONA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE "WHEN WE LOOK AT

PEDIATRIC DEATHS FROM COVID19 78 PERCENT OF THEM ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR. HISPANIC, BLACK, NATIVE AMERICAN" CHORUS: DR.

BHUYAN SAYS INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO ADDRESSING THE SITUATION - BUT SO FAR IN ARIZONA SHE SAYS SOME IMPORTANT DETAILS SIMPLY AREN'T AVAILABLE DR. BHUYAN

"WHERE IS THE CONTACT TRACING DATA, WHERE ARE THESE CHILDREN GETTING SICK, WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THOSE CHILDREN. I WISH I HAD AN ANSWER FOR YOU, WE HAVE

THEORIES WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE" CHORUS: CURRENTLY THE BEST WAY TO GATHER INFORMATION SHE SAYS IS THROUGH LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS - NEWS 4 TUCSON WENT COUNTY BY COUNTY

ACROSS ARIZONA - LOOKING OVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID DASHBOARDS - A TIME CONSUMING TASK AND WHEN IT COMES TO CHILD CASES AND DEATHS - NOT ALL INFORMATION IS EQUALLY

ACCESSIBLE - WE COULD EASILY FIND IN MARICOPA COUNTY THAT THREE CHILDREN HAVE DIED - IN PIMA COUNTY THE NUMBER IS ZERO - BUT IN MORE RURAL AREAS LIKE COCHISE COUNTY, OR YUMA THERE

WAS NO DATA DISPLAYED FOR CHILD DEATHS - IN MOHAVE COUNTY THEY THREW ALL DEATHS TOGETHER FOR PEOPLE 50 AND YOUNGER DR. BHUYAN "WHAT WE'RE REALLY LACKING IS THAT

TRANSPARENCY INTO THE PEDIATRIC DATA ON A NATIONAL LEVEL WE HAVE DATA ABOUT THINGS LIKE OBESITY AND ASTHMA BUT WHEN YOU DRILL DOWN TO ARIZONA WHEN WE LOOK AT THE

CHILDREN WHO HAVE GOTTEN COVID THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE GOTTEN SEVERELY SICK FROM COVID AND THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE DIED FROM COVID WE DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THEM" CHORUS: A

POTENTIALLY FATAL FLAW DR.

BHUYAN "HAVING THAT INFORMATION IT CAN HELP US PREVENT FUTURE CASES" CHORUS: FOR JUAN - HE SAYS HE JUST HOPES MORE PEOPLE WILL LISTEN TO THE ADVICE OF MEDICAL

PROFESSIONALS JUAN "AT THE END OF THE DAY MASKS DO SUCK, STORES CLOSING EARLY DOES SUCK BUT I JUST WANT MY OWN FAMILY TO BE SAFE" TAG AND DR. BHUYAN SAYS DO NOT TAKE ANY COMFORT

IN THE SPECULATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC THAT CHILDREN ESSENTIALLY DON'T GET THIS VIRUS - THEY MAY NOT GET NEARLY AS SICK AS THE ELDERLY - BUT SHE SAYS THE EVIDENCE IS

CLEAR THEY CAN SPREAD IT AND AS CHILDREN DO FOLLOW BY EXAMPLE - IF YOU'RE NOT TAKING PRECAUTIONS THEY PROBABLY WONT EITHER INVESTIGATING 4 YOU CHORUS NYLANDER NEWS 4 TUCSON

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