Charlottesville pediatrician sees more subtle COVID-19 cases
Charlottesville pediatrician sees more subtle COVID-19 cases

Charlottesville pediatrician sees more subtle COVID-19 cases

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A pediatrician in Charlottesville says COVID-19 cases among children are rising and that it is becoming even harder to detect.

“We are only beginning to see a slight increase,” Piedmont pediatrician Jocelyn Schauer said on Wednesday, April 20th.

Schauer says she sees several positive COVID-19 cases in her office.

“I think for young children, sometimes what you think is the cold … they do not have all the fever. Many of our older children with this last omicron variant complained a lot about sore throat. We still see the complaint about “sore throat, but with small children they can not really tell you that they have a sore throat. They just have a runny nose,” said Schauer.

With the new BA.2 variant spread, the symptoms can be subtle.

“Of the two that I tested last Thursday in the office – there is no way I would have known – one was a small child and the other was a teenager and there is no way I would have been able to choose the two appear to be positive COVID cases of those I tested, “Schauer said.

With children back in the classroom and fewer people masking themselves, Schauer predicts a possible spring wave.

“We’ve seen a large number of viruses, all different kinds, and so I think a lot of people just assume it’s the same thing that their brother has, or that a friend has, but it can be COVID,” said Schauer. “I think the most important thing is to get your kids vaccinated.”

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