The number of critically ill children brought to Children’s Hospital at New Orleans with the Covid-19 has increased dramatically in the last two weeks, going from zero to twenty in only two weeks.
In Florida, doctors at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Infectious Diseases in Orlando have observed comparable increases in recent months. Doctor Federico Laham, medical director of the hospital, said that patients have continued to rise over the past two weeks. “I don’t believe we’ve achieved the pinnacle of our abilities.”
How Dangerous Is The Delta Form Of COVID-19 For Youngsters
While there has been a significant rise in instances, Laham and other pediatric infectious disease specialists throughout the country warn NBC News that there is no conclusive proof that the delta variation has changed the virus into something more deadly in children at this time.
At a press conference on Thursday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention, said that the CDC is investigating if the delta variant may cause more serious disease in children. She went on to say that the combination of more instances and looser limitations on masking and physical distance makes such study more challenging to do.
According to Walenksy, many of the mitigation measures that were implemented last summer, and even throughout the winter, have not been implemented in many regions experiencing surges right now.
Experts agree that the hypertransmissibility of the variation, which is circulating in a population that has not been vaccinated and is thus susceptible to the virus, is the cause of the recent spike in pediatric cases. Children have been vulnerable to Covid-19 from the beginning of time.
According to the most recent statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 4.1 million children have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the beginning of the epidemic, accounting for 14.3 percent of all cases. From July 15 to July 29, the proportion of weekly reported cases increased to 19 percent of the total.
Young people are prepared to return to school in person and, in many instances, without the additional safety of face masks due to an increase in pediatricCovid cases. Even though Covid exhibits flu-like symptoms, Covid is not a virus. Pediatric infectious diseases specialist Dr. Evan Anderson of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has expressed concern that the convergence of viruses may overrun already overburdened pediatric hospital wards.
Dr. Natasha Burgert is concerned about the effect of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases and the impact of the other infections on children. While the virus may cause serious sickness in children, and in some cases, death, Burgert believes that the potential consequences of Covid-19 are “far beyond anything the flu would ever be able to do.”
Several studies conducted by Burgert and colleagues suggest that children who have Covid-19 are at risk of developing multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, also known as MIS-C.
That’s when youngsters develop potentially life-threatening inflammation around their hearts and other organs, usually many weeks after contracting the illness. Patients are often unaware that they have been infected since their symptoms were either non-existent or very minor at the time of infection.
When a kid is diagnosed with influenza, they have manifested symptoms, and doctors are aware that they should be on the watch for any problems that may arise. Covid’s propensity to result in MIS-C is distinct in that it catches physicians and their young patients entirely by surprise. Laham, located near Orlando, is preparing for such scenarios.