Task Force says more children in St. Louis hospitals with COVID

The St. Louis task force reported that about half of children hospitalized on site are too young to be vaccinated

NS. LOUIS — On Tuesday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force said they have seen a jump in the number of children in hospitals with COVID-19 in just a week.

“We’ve gone from just one week of having 13 children in pediatrics with COVID to 20 this week, many of whom are in critical condition in our ICU units,” said Dr. Task Force Clay Dunagan Tuesday.

dr. Dunagan said more children are making their way to St. Louis hospitals due to complications from COVID-19, and local pediatric care experts say they are also seeing more children in need of care, as the delta variant makes the virus worse and more transmissible.

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We spoke to Dr. Jason Newland, professor of pediatrics at Washington University.

“Fortunately, the number of children affected her, in fact it is much less than that of adults, but we are seeing more,” he said.

dr. Rachel Charney, a pediatric emergency medicine physician, said it has to do with who can get the vaccine now.

“An increasing percentage of those with COVID are children,” she said. “What’s changed is that our older adults have pretty high vaccination coverage, while our kids have low vaccination coverage, and for a lot of kids they don’t even qualify for a vaccine. And so that percentage of the population that is vulnerable is going down.” shifted for our younger population.”

The St. Louis task force reported that about half of children hospitalized on the spot are under 12 years old and too young to be vaccinated. But the other half qualified for the shots.

So what can parents do to protect their children, especially now that it’s time to go back to school?

“You vaccinate those who can be vaccinated. You mask everyone because we know that will protect us and you stay home if you are sick,” said Dr. Newland.

What if your children are too young to be vaccinated?

“I recommend that parents get vaccinated. I think if you have more people in your house who are vaccinated, you’re less likely to bring COVID-19 into your home,” said Dr. Newland.

“If you have symptoms in your kids that aren’t quite normal for them, go ahead and get them tested,” added Dr. Charney to it.

dr. Charney said she’s seen children with COVID who start showing symptoms similar to everything from a stomach flu to seasonal allergies, and it can go from there. She said it’s important to take any changes in your child’s health seriously.

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