Pediatric Covid-19 Hospitalizations Break Pandemic Records

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As the number of new Covid-19 cases surges across the US, doctors are sounding the alarm about the record-breaking pediatric hospitalizations being fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron and Delta variants.

The nation’s largest pediatric hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, has reported a four-fold increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations within the last two weeks –– breaking pandemic records. Many of the young patients coming in are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

“We have staggering numbers here from this Omicron surge already,” Dr. Jim Versalovic, chief pathologist at Texas Children’s, told the outlet on Monday (January 3). “We shattered records that were established during the Delta surge in August.”

During one 24-hour period last week, more than 700 children were at the hospital with Covid-19, he said. Sequencing data shows that 90% of the cases were caused by the Omicron variant.

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