Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital chief said that Covid-19 causes both physical and mental health crises in kids.
Experts Say Covid-19 Affects Mental Health In Kids.
Dr. Meg Rush said the surge in hospitalizations by Covid-19 among young children puts a burden on the hospitals.
Several hospitals are already working beyond their capacity for the past six months. The highly contagious disease is hitting more kids, thus making the situation worse.
Dr. Meg Rush said she is observing a frightening trend that Covid-19 infected kids face behavioral and mental health issues. She tagged it as a parallel epidemic during a congressional hearing held on Wednesday.
She added that Covid-19 is highly affecting the daily life of children and families. Dr. Rush also stated that the number of Covid-19 pediatric cases she is getting is equal to behavioral issue cases in children.
In the last six weeks, she had a similar number of patients of both cases admitted to her hospital.
The number of Covid-19 cases among children is rising sharply as the schools are also open now.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that child cases rose sharply during the summers and as the schools reopen nationwide.
Rush attended the congressional hearing that happened in Washington. In the meeting, she called the effect of Covid-19 on the mental health of children as a parallel epidemic.
The Committee on Energy and Commerce was the host of the event. This meeting was titled “Putting Kids First: Addressing Covid-19′ Impacts on Children”.
Many experts and representatives attended the meeting. The negative effect of Covid-19 on the mental health of the kids was a topic of discussion among the committee, the speakers, and several other attendees. The hearing lasted two and a half hours.
The other topics like how virtual learning and solation are disrupting the education and socialization of kids were also a part of the discussion.
The committee also talked about the long-term health effects of Covid-19 in children. The long-term health issues include severe problems like inflammation of the heart and other organs, insomnia, fatigue, loss of concentration, and headache.
The low vaccination rate in the United States is a cause of the high number of new Covid-19 cases and increased hospitalizations. Tennessee is ranked number 1 with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases among children and adults.
Experts highly believe that vaccination is the only sure and safest protection against the Covid-19 infection.
Americans can soon receive their booster shots. The Food and Drugs Administration gave the green flag to third vaccine shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for citizens with a high risk of illness. Citizens above 65 are eligible for booster shots. Adults at higher risk of infection and immuno-compromised adults are also allowed to take the Pfizer boosters.
President Joe Biden wanted a grant of boosters for all Americans. However, The FDA announced its decision against it and approved boosters only for the elderly and high-risk groups of people. He said that the choice of the vaccine, the schedule of administering it, and the selection of people eligible for the booster dose are up to the FDA and CDC.
There is still a long way ahead before Americans start getting their booster shots.
The CDC is responsible for deciding who will be eligible for the booster dose and the schedule of administering it. CDC will release more specific guidelines about who should take the extra shot and when.