Record level of children under five are being hospitalized amid COVID surge

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A document level of children under the age of five are being hospitalized amid a climbing COVID-19 an infection rate that’s fueled by the Omicron variant. The rate of hospitalization for teenagers under five — who are not but eligible for the vaccine — is the very best for the reason that pandemic started.

The hospitalization rate amongst these youngsters has surged since mid-December to greater than 4 in 100,000 children. That’s up from 2.5 per 100,000, in accordance with the CDC.

However, the hospitalization rate general amongst youngsters under 18 stays decrease than some other age group. They additionally account for lower than 5% of common new day by day admissions, the CDC says.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated at a briefing Friday that the numbers embody youngsters who are admitted to hospitals as a consequence of COVID or different causes, however then are discovered to have the virus. 

Experts word the Omicron variant seems to be much less extreme than different variants, however the sheer proven fact that it is spreading so quick — and so many individuals are getting sick — is placing a pressure on employers and on hospitals, Michael George reviews for “CBS Saturday Morning.”

Nationally, COVID hospitalizations are up in 46 states, a 40% rise from the earlier week’s common. 

“It is so easy to transmit that there are lots of patients that have it, but thanks to the vaccine are experiencing either no symptoms or very mild symptoms,” stated Dr. Jo Anna Leuck, assistant dean for Curriculum at TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.

But unvaccinated people who check constructive are 17 occasions extra prone to be hospitalized, in accordance with the CDC.

In St. Louis, ICU nurse Denise Huffman stated, “We’re seeing younger people die. We’re seeing people dying who are leaving behind young children and teenagers.”

In Florida, the Cleveland Clinic’s hospitals on the Treasure Coast shifted to level crimson, overwhelmed by sufferers.

“The storm’s gonna pass, that’s the great news, and what we’re seeing out of other countries, is that it’s a fast, big peak, but then we’ve also seen it also start to decline fairly rapidly compared to some of the other strains,” stated Dr. Leuck.

In South Africa, the place the Omicron variant was first recognized, the COVID surge is declining as quick because it started, in accordance with new research. The CDC says there is a good likelihood that might occur within the U.S. as effectively, however they warning that completely different elements of the nation will seemingly surge at completely different occasions.

President Biden on Friday supplied some hope.

“COVID, as we’re dealing with it now, is not here to stay,” he stated.

“We’re going to be able to control this. The new normal is not going to be what it is now; it’s going to be better,” he stated.

Contributing: The Associated Press 

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