Covid USA: Is the Delta variant of the Corona virus worse for children?
Is the Delta variant of the Corona virus worse for children?
No, experts say there is no strong evidence yet that it makes children and teens sicker than previous versions of the virus, although Delta has led to an increase in infections among children because it is more contagious.
Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital for All Children, said Delta’s ability to spread more easily makes it more dangerous for children and underscores the need for masks in schools and vaccinations for those who are old enough. Saint Petersburg, Florida
Weekly infection rates among American children earlier this month topped 250,000, surpassing the winter peak, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Children’s Hospitals. Since the pandemic began, more than 5 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19.
The delta variant has been identified in at least 180 countries, according to the World Health Organization, in many of them, the sudden rise in infections has also led to an increase in hospitalizations of young children and adolescents.
In the United States, the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 was less than 2 per 100,000 children in late August and early September — similar to the peak last winter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the proportion of hospitalized children with severe illness remains unchanged. significantly.
The sheer numbers can make it seem like kids are getting worse with the delta variant, but experts say that doesn’t seem to be the case. Most children with a mild infection have no symptoms and do not need to be hospitalized.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide protection against Delta. CDC data showed that among children age 12 and older – who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines – the weekly hospitalization rate in July was 10 times higher for the unvaccinated than for those who did get vaccinated.
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