Tuesday, May 17, 2022

New York witnesses child jump in COVID-19 hospital as Omicron cases surge

New York health officials have reported an increase in hospitalized children amid the spread of the Omicron version of COVID-19. The New York State Department of Health on Friday warned of an “upward trend” in pediatric hospitalizations linked to COVID-19, according to the LA Times. It said in New York City, the Department of Health has identified a “fourfold increase” in coronavirus hospital admissions for children under the age of 18 in recent weeks. According to media outlets, half of the children admitted to hospitals are under the age of five and are ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Three-quarters of people aged 12 to 17 who were admitted to hospitals were not fully vaccinated. 100% of people aged 5 to 11 years who were admitted to hospitals were not fully vaccinated.

Now, with the recent rise in COVID cases, California officials have said they are monitoring the increase in pediatric hospitals. Tomas Aragon, California’s director of public health and health official, warned that state models are predicting hospital increases for the state. He said Omicron is so contagious that it finds unvaccinated or non-immune people most vulnerable to hospitalization and death.

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Aragon urged people to consider vaccinating and promoting vaccines, frequent testing, and skipping or postponing high-risk indoor gatherings. According to media outlets, he also suggested improving ventilation and air-filtration and improving the fit and quality of masks.

Fauci urges people to avoid indoor gatherings

It is to be mentioned that the number of coronavirus cases in the US has been increasing, with an average of about 190,000 new infections per day in recent weeks. Amid the spread of the Omicron strain, health experts have repeatedly urged people to upgrade their masks from cloth masks only. Separately, over the weekend, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, has also urged people not to attend indoor parties of dozens of people whose vaccination status is unknown.

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Fauci has said it is safe for people to attend small-sized gatherings with family and friends in homes where everyone is known to be vaccinated and promoted. He said recent data from the United Kingdom shows a small percentage of newly infected people need hospitalization. But he added that since Omicron is causing such high levels of infection, the variant could find people who haven’t been vaccinated and that could result in hospital burdens.

Image: Associated Press


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