WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Over the past few months, we’ve seen how COVID-19 can make some children very sick. There is new information about the effect of the omicron variant and where the cases stand now.
Only a few months after the winter rise and the rapid spread of coronavirus, the CDC said the omicron variant landed a lot of kids in the hospital.
“We know that with the recent rise in omicron, children became much more disproportionately affected,” said Dr. Kitonga Kiminyo, an infectious disease specialist in South Florida.
ONE new report from CDC says now among nearly 400 children aged 5 to 11 hospitalized with COVID-19 during the first months of omicron, 3 out of 10 had no underlying disorders, 9 out of 10 were unvaccinated, and 2 out of 10 required intensive care.
Children with diabetes and obesity were more likely to experience severe COVID-19.
Right now, COVID cases for children are on the rise again.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 33,000 children tested positive in the week ending April 14, but those numbers have dropped dramatically from the peak in January.
And several pediatricians are telling WPTV that they do not see that increase at the moment in South Florida.
“If you want your child to have a healthy summer where they are affected not only by COVID but by the complications of COVID, then get your children vaccinated,” Kiminyo said.
Johns Hopkins University reports that there are new cases for all age groups in more than half of the country as more masks fall off and the BA.2 omicron subvariant continues to spread.
“I think we should always be prepared for an increase,” Kiminyo said.
Doctors remind parents, children between the ages of 5 and 11, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and those in the high-risk group are encouraged to wear the mask.
“Because there has been a relaxation of some of the precautions in the country, I think people tend to think they are done with COVID, but people need to know that COVID is not done with us,” Kiminyo said.