Houston- The spike in the number of coronavirus cases and the contagious spread of Delta Variant is affecting more children on a daily basis. Every day, the number of Covid cases in children is increasing causing a little stress-like situation in Houston and across the nation. An 11-month-old girl from Texas, a Covid patient, had to be airlifted to a hospital 150 miles away as no hospital was ready to admit her as a transfer patient.
Patricia Darnauer, the administrator for Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston stated that the condition of the baby was serious and she needed immediate intubation due to seizures. She also said that the administration tried more than five local hospitals for immediate and on-time treatment; however, no hospital was ready to admit the baby and commence the treatment.
Lack Of Hospital Beds In Houston Compels Hospital Administration To Send 11-Month-Old Babies
The situation brought into notice the concerns of the expert pediatricians in the region. One of the most reputed and outspoken pediatricians Dr. Christina Propst said ` The situation is sabbing but not surprising” Propst is one of the active pediatricians with considerable proactiveness on the subject.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Christina always encouraged and emphasized the importance of wearing masks and maintaining social distance. She also stated that due to the surge in Covid cases across the nation and particularly in Houston, the hospital beds are getting occupied faster. The emergency room in the majority of children’s hospitals is all crowded. Even the largest medical centers and intensive care units are full.
Christina Propst further giving information on covid 19 cases in children highlighted the fact that the number of increasing covid cases in children makes it clear that the Delta Variant is affecting more children and it is extremely contagious. The crunch in hospital beds and intensive care units makes it quite clear that children are more vulnerable to Delta variants.
Another reason behind the lack of hospital beds and care units is the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Doctors in Houston are stating that they have many patients every day, they are operating in full capacity. The pandemic volume is spiking at an all-time high leading to stress and unrest.
The President Biden Administration after analyzing the numbers and statistics states that the only way to safeguard the children from the deadly virus is to get the eligible children vaccinated at the earliest. It also mentioned that the children who are not old enough and eligible for vaccination must follow the guidelines like wearing masks and maintaining social distance. Wearing a mask when indoors or with a group of people can help one to prevent contracting the virus. It is essential to follow all the hygiene and sanitation protocols and avoid close contact.
Meanwhile, Houston is trying its best to improve and enlarge its healthcare facility to provide on-time treatment to its citizens. The administration requests parents and citizens to support the vaccination drive and get vaccinated as soon as possible to limit the spread of transmissible Coronavirus Delta Variant.