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COVID-19 cases among children are rising because of the Delta variant, but according to health officials, it’s not the main illness sending kids to the hospital right now.
Medical Director of Pediatric Inpatient Hospital Medicine at Stormont Vail Health Dr. Fouad Medlej says while they have had some kids sick with COVID, what’s mostly sending them to his floor is RSV and Rhinovirus. They’re both respiratory illnesses typically found in kids younger than 2 years old.
Dr. Medlej said both respiratory illnesses get transferred through droplets and touch, and in a typical year, their season starts in November and ends in April. But this year, he’s seeing a surge in pediatric cases months ahead of what they’re used to.
“We went from 24 in January to 86 in June to 135 in July,” Dr. Medlej said.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Children’s Hospital Association:
4,292,120 children across the U.S. have gotten sick with COVID; that’s roughly 14 percent of all cases.
Out of those numbers, .1 percent – 1.9 percent of child cases resulted in hospitalization.
0 percent to 0.03 percent resulted in a child’s death.
Health organizations that contributed to the studies, categorized a “child” as someone ranging from 0 to 20 years old.
Dr. Medlej said he’s not brushing off COVID but believes it’s important people know it’s not the only respiratory illness out there right now resulting in hospitalizations.
“We have to address the seasonal viruses. mostly RSV because that’s the one that in kids aged two years and below is the big troublemaker,” Dr. Medlej said.
There are some numbers there about COVID in kids, and for the purposes of these numbers, we're talking about individuals ranging from 0 to 20 years of age. COVID still is not a serious threat to them.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common pediatric virus that can cause serious respiratory illnesses in babies and children. Older kids and adults can get a bad cold from RSV, but in our smaller patients, RSV can infect the lungs, causing fever, wheezing and cough. This clinical syndrome is known as “bronchiolitis.”
In a normal year, pediatricians are used to seeing RSV cases spread in the community from October through March. The old adage is, “The fair brings it to town,” because it seems to show up right around the time of the Mississippi State Fair each fall. But this year we’ve all had to adjust to expecting the unexpected as far as infectious illness is concerned and cases of RSV started popping up in our clinics in April. As we’ve rolled into the summer, we’ve seen more and more of it at Children’s Medical Group.
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