WATCH: Pediatricians Concerned That Delta Variant Seems More Serious In Children
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, people took reassurance from the fact that the virus didn’t seem to be as deadly in children. Even now, thanks in part to disinformation artists, many people seem convinced that children do not fall ill from the virus at all.
Unfortunately, we’re seeing this disproven, especially as the Delta variant hits. ABC reports that Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida is seeing an increase in pediatric COVID-19 patients, with 15 in the hospital and 4 in ICU as of Thursday’s report, and that doctors are particularly expressing concern for pediatric patients since children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated.
While there is no official data yet confirming that the Delta variant is harder on young children, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins says anecdotal data suggests it is, and that pediatricians are worried.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins says anecdotal data indicates the delta variant results in more serious illness for children and elderly people pic.twitter.com/MxgtI2xKov
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“We don’t have rigorous data to know for sure that [children are more susceptible to the Delta variant], but I certainly am hearing from pediatricians that they’re concerned that this time the kids who are in the hospital are both more numerous and more seriously ill.”
Forbes also reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics is documenting this rise, with the number of cases in children multiplying rapidly — up by 86% in the week preceding the report, and five times as high as in June.
According to NBC, the FDA is receiving pleas from pediatricians to move as quickly as possible to approve vaccines for children under 12 in response to this new boom in pediatric COVID-19 cases.