According to the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the hospitalization rate among children infected with COVID-19 jobs has surpassed the peak seen during the delta wave and is the highest reported during the pandemic.
On Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky revealed that “while children continue to have the lowest rate of hospitalization of any group, pediatric jobs and hospitalizations are at the highest rate compared to any previous point in the pandemic.”
Several factors, including the widespread of COVID-19 and low vaccination rates, could contribute to rising hospitalizations. According to Walensky, unvaccinated children are more likely than vaccinated children to be hospitalized with COVID-19.
“We are still learning more about the severity of omicron and children and whether these increases we are seeing in hospitalization reflect a greater burden of disease in the community jobs or the lower rates of vaccination for these children under age 18,” Walensky said on a call with reporters.
According to CDC data, more than 760 children under the age of 18 are hospitalized each day with COVID-19. It’s the highest age-group average ever recorded. Hospitalization rates are rising, particularly among children under the age of five, who are the only age group without access to a coronavirus vaccine.
“It is noteworthy, however, that many children are hospitalized with [COVID-19] as opposed to because of [COVID-19], reflecting the high degree of penetrance of infection among the pediatric population,” leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said during a press briefing last week.
According to a report from the American Academy of Paediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, coronavirus infections in children are also at an all-time high.
Source: US News