With Covid-19 cases on the rise in some states, and on the lower side in some states, recent reports show alarming results highlighting how children have been testing positive at a much higher rate than most adults in the United States, adjusted as per population.
The increase, it’s to be believed, is not only a result of the contagious delta variant but also vaccine ineligibility for under 12 children and relaxed restrictions across the country.
Pediatric infectious disease physician Dr Donna Tyungu commented on this saying that the increase has been noticed in the past eight weeks which has led to higher hospitalisation rates for children. It was in August and September that these children’s hospitalisation rates rose, as weekly pediatric hospitalisation peaked.
While some states have seen a lower rate in these last two weeks, states like Utah, Oklahoma, Vermont and Michigan have still been facing higher pediatric hospital admissions for Covid-19 patients.
Dr Tyungu believes for certain that it’s through the summer that the cases arose as a huge number of adults have been travelling around unvaccinated considering relaxed social distancing rules. The reopening of schools has been a major factor in leading up to the spread of the delta variant, hence higher hospitalisation.
While the variant has been highly contagious, it’s still easier to control it at the beginning in children. According to reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than seven hundred children have died owing to the virus out of a total of around seventy-three million children.
While guardians of the younger age group have been heavily concerned about their kids’ vaccination, there’s a ray of hope now since Pfizer recently submitted its children’s vaccine trial data to the Food And Drug Administration for kids aged between 5 to 11.