Hospital admissions for children with Covid reach record high – .

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Hospital admissions for children with Covid reach record high – .


Rates of children hospitalized for Covid-19 in the United States are at their highest in the pandemic, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
An average of 246 children were admitted to hospital each day between August 4 and August 10, a peak of more than 27% from the average of the previous seven days, and marking the highest average of admissions pediatrics over seven days during the public health crisis. , exceeding the January maximum average of 217 daily admissions.

Severe cases and infections in children have increased since July as the spread of the more contagious Delta variant caused a wave of illness in the United States.

Nearly 4.3 million children have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic on August 5, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Almost 94,000 of these cases were added in this week alone, with children now accounting for 15% of all confirmed infections, an increase from 14.3% and between 1.5 and 3.5% of all hospitalizations.

Reports come as children return to school in person for the 2021-2022 school year, as state and local governments consider or reject mask warrants in schools to fight the spread of the disease.

Two states with the highest number of pediatric admissions – Florida, which saw a daily average of 54 children admitted to hospitals, and Texas, where the daily average is 40 – have both banned mask warrants for schools.

This week, a federal team was sent to the New Orleans Children’s Hospital after Louisiana officials called for help with an influx of patients “unlike anything seen before. During the pandemic, according to a statement from the hospital.

“Unlike the first or second wave of the virus, this variant is more contagious as it is sweeping our community, this time with more children requiring hospitalization compared to previous waves of the pandemic,” said the quality director of hospital, Dr. Leron Finger.

In Nevada, more than 80 students were potentially exposed to Covid-19 on their first day of school after a parent allegedly sent their child to school despite parent and child testing positive for Covid- 19 two days earlier, according to officials.

Three available and free vaccines to fight Covid-19 are effective against the Delta variant, but children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive them, which public health officials have pointed out to the outbreak pediatric infections.

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have urged everyone, regardless of their immunization status, to be masked indoors, including in K-12 classrooms.

The CDC also recommends that schools maintain a physical distance of three feet between students, implement drug testing, and ensure classrooms are ventilated.

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