CBS News: More and more children are testing positive for, and some doctors are not only reporting an uptick in cases but more severe illness for kids who contract the virus.
I just had a very sobering phone call with Dr. Mark Kline, infectious disease expert, & physician in chief at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. He told me:— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 9, 2021
•18 kids are hospitalized with COVID
•9 are under the age of 2
•6 r n ICU
•3 are on ventilators, including a 1 month old
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 93,824 child COVID-19 cases were reported between July 29 and August 5 (not the 115 anti-vaxxers claim), with children representing 15% of the weekly reported cases in the U.S. Since July 22, the total number of child COVID-19 cases has jumped 4%. As of August 5, nearly 4.3 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
•5 of the 18 are 12 & older. They are eligible for vaccination. None of them are vaccinated.— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 9, 2021
•There is rampant community spread that is heavily impacting children in ways that COVID19 didn’t before, based on the test positivity they’re seeing in clinic, according to Dr. Kline.
And while severe illness due to COVID-19 is uncommon among children, “there is an urgent need to collect more data on longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its emotional and mental health effects,” the academy says.
•Dr. Kline said that the test positivity rate, detected in within the hospital/clinic system, has gone from 1% to 7% to 20% in just the last month.— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 9, 2021
•In the E.R., 1000 kids were seen in the last 7 days; 132 were Covid +
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Dr. Kline
Some doctors in Seattle have reported an increase of children with serious illness from COVID-19, urgent care nurse practitioner Justin Gill told. Gill said kids are not as susceptible to serious illness as adults, but with more cases come more hospitalizations.
“With, we are seeing some younger people, even vaccinated and unvaccinated, but the vast majority of cases who get hospitalized tend to be unvaccinated individuals,” Gill said. Kids under 12 cannot yet receive COVID-19 vaccines, which are still undergoing testing in younger age groups. read more..