Kids' Covid Hospitalizations Hit Pandemic High, Worrying Doctors and Parents About Long-Term Impact

Kids' Covid Hospitalizations Hit Pandemic High, Worrying Doctors and Parents About Long-Term Impact --

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1/22/2022 9:00:00 PM

Kids' Covid Hospitalizations Hit Pandemic High, Worrying Doctors and Parents About Long-Term Impact --

Doctors at children's hospitals around the country are seeing more kids hospitalized with Covid than ever before.

"The biggest risk factor at this point is being unvaccinated," said Dr. Sean O'Leary, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado.earlier this month that unvaccinated 12- to 15-year-olds are 11 times more likely to end up in the hospital with Covid than vaccinated children in the same age group. However, kids under 5 are particularly vulnerable right now because they are not yet eligible for vaccination.

O'Leary, who is also vice chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on infectious diseases, said about a third of the children in his hospital with the virus were admitted for other things, but the other two-thirds of them need hospital care because of Covid.

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