Pediatric COVID Cases, Hospital Admissions Higher Than Ever

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Jan. 5, 2022 -- Weekly COVID-19 cases successful children person passed 300,000 for the archetypal clip since the pandemic started, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

The complaint of caller COVID-related hospital admissions besides reached a caller precocious of 0.74 per 100,000 children arsenic of Dec. 31. The highest complaint seen earlier the existent Omicron-fueled surge was 0.47 per 100,000 successful aboriginal September, information from the CDC shows.

Over 325,000 caller cases of COVID-19 successful children were reported by authorities and territorial wellness departments during the week ending Dec. 30, surpassing the erstwhile precocious of 252,000 recorded successful aboriginal September and exceeding the erstwhile week’s number by astir 64%, the AAP and CHA said successful their weekly COVID report.

New cases were up successful each 4 regions of the United States, with the Northeast adding the astir recently infected children and mounting a caller precocious for the 5th consecutive week. The South was conscionable down for the week but inactive good disconnected the grounds it reached successful September. The Midwest was 3rd but recorded its busiest week ever, portion the West was 4th and obscurity adjacent its erstwhile high, the AAP/CHA study showed.

The full fig of kid cases since the pandemic began is astir 7.9 million, according to information collected from 49 states (excluding New York), the District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico, and Guam. That fig represents 17.4% of each cases reported successful the United States, and the complaint of COVID corruption is up to astir 10,500 per 100,000 children, meaning that 1 successful 10 children person been infected.

While children are inactive little apt to beryllium hospitalized than adults, the spread appears to beryllium closing. On Jan. 2, determination were 2,343 children and 87,690 adults successful the infirmary with confirmed COVID, a ratio of 37 adults for each child. But connected Sept. 5, astatine the tallness of the erstwhile surge, the ratio of hospitalized adults (93,647) to children (1,632) was 57:1, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

And caller admissions amusement a akin pattern. The 0.74 admissions per 100,000 children recorded connected Dec. 31 was little than, for example, those for adults ages 30-39 years (2.7 per 100,000) oregon 50-59 years (4.25 per 100,000). But connected Sept. 5, the corresponding figures were 0.46 (children), 2.74 (ages 30-39), and 5.03 (ages 50-59), based connected the Health and Human Services data.

A Look astatine Vaccinations

The vaccination effect to Omicron has been much subdued and somewhat inconsistent. First vaccinations were down among eligible children for the week of Dec. 23-29. Before that, vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds and 12- to 15-year-olds were down for the 2nd week of December and past up a spot (5.6% and 14.3%, respectively) during the 3rd week. Meanwhile, archetypal vaccines among 16- to 17-year-olds accrued by 63.2%, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker shows.

Less than a 4th (23.5%) of children ages 5-11 received astatine slightest 1 dose of the vaccine successful the archetypal 2 months they were eligible, and lone 14.7% are afloat vaccinated.

Among the older children, 61.2% of 12- to 15-year-olds person received astatine slightest 1 dose, portion the aforesaid is existent for 67.4% of 16- to 17-year-olds. About 51.3% of 12- to 15-year-olds are afloat vaccinated, portion 57.6% of 16- to 17-year-olds are afloat vaccinated, the CDC said.

At the authorities level, Massachusetts and Hawaii person the highest vaccination rates for children ages 12-17 years, with 86% having received a slightest 1 dose. Vermont is highest for children ages 5-11, astatine 56%. The lowest rates tin beryllium recovered successful Wyoming (38%) for 12- to 17-year-olds and successful Mississippi (6%) for 5- to 11-year-olds, the AAP said successful a abstracted report.

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