COVID-19 and Kids
A record number of COVID-19 cases are being reported among children and with kids back in school, we have compiled a list of common questions parents are asking.
Are cases of COVID-19 in children on the rise?
Yes, new COVID-19 cases in children have been rising.
While child hospitalization rates remain relatively low in comparison to adults, they have been increasing significantly and are a concern among health experts. The recent increase in children’s cases reflects the overall rise in the spread of COVID-19. This is a result of increased community transmission and the Delta variant.
Is the Delta variant causing more children to be hospitalized?
Yes, but it’s important to note that child hospitalizations are increasing due to the variant’s rapid spread and not because of the severity of the Delta variant. The rapid transmission of this variant is causing more infections and from this larger pool, severe infections that require hospitalization are more frequent. In some areas, pediatric wards are experiencing overcrowding due to the increase in cases.
Are children who catch the COVID-19 Delta variant having worse symptoms?
Most likely not when compared to other variants. Severe symptoms appear to remain relatively rare in young children and symptoms of the Delta variant appear to be similar to previous strains of the virus. Cough and fever tend to be the most common symptoms.
Is the Delta variant also highly contagious amongst children?
The CDC says that children have a similar risk of transmitting the virus in comparison to adults.
When will young children be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
Exact timing is unknown, but possibly this fall or winter. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently allowed for children 12 and older, is expected to be the first to receive authorization for younger age groups potentially as soon as October with Moderna following several weeks later. Pfizer states that its trials have shown that a smaller dose is safe and effective for children ages 5 through 11.
Continuing practices of masking, social distancing, hand washing, and other ways that limit the spread of COVID-19 are key to preventing and reducing the infection rate amongst children and their surrounding communities. When vaccines become available for younger children, we’ll be here to help. If you still haven’t gotten your vaccine, now is the time to do so.
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