COBB COUNTY, Georgia (CBS46) — Covid-19-related childhood hospitalizations hit all-time high in US
The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 50,660 pediatric hospitalizations in the month of August so far.
As school districts continue to report positive Covid-19 cases on a weekly basis, more and more parents and pediatricians are beginning to worry that cases will get worse.
dr. Laura Badwan is a pediatrician and mother of three; she has children in the Cobb County School District.
“We’ve seen kids get sicker and faster,” Badwan said. “They never inform us about Covid. It’s as if this problem doesn’t exist. And this is an emergency. Our county has said it’s an emergency and yet our school district doesn’t view it this way.”
Cobb County Schools “highly encourage” but do not require masks. The district reported more than 1,000 active cases in the past seven days on Friday.
“If that doesn’t make people stand up and think, ‘What’s happening?’ then I don’t really know what’s going to happen. The numbers just keep rising. What we’re doing isn’t working,” Badwan said.
In just two weeks, 19,903 cases were reported in Georgia for people between the ages of 5 and 17.
For those under the age of four, it is more than 3,000 cases.
“Especially with a younger child, you worry about the things they can’t tell you about,” says Dr. Robert Wiskind, a pediatrician in Atlanta.
It has pediatric offices across the state with their hands full, diagnosing and helping kids get well.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for universal indoor mask wear for students two years and older to slow the infection.
“We didn’t have flu season because people wore masks and kept away from each other,” Wiskind said. “Because masks work to prevent respiratory infections.”