The number of children contracting COVID-19 is on the rise, prompting Baylor Scott & White Health to host an online town hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 to answer questions and allay concerns parents have about children returning to the hospital. person school during another peak in the pandemic.
Experts from Baylor Scott & White’s McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple are participating in the program. The Facebook Live event will last approximately one hour. Participation is open to the public. You can sign up through the McLane Children’s Hospital Facebook page.
The delta variant, which is almost twice as contagious as previous variants, is causing an increase in hospitalizations and the spread among young people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC reported that the number of COVID-19 cases has risen from an average of about 12,000 per day in late June to about 60,000 per day in July. The latest number of cases is comparable to what the United States experienced before vaccines were widely available, officials said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 delta variant is more transmissible than previous variants of the disease. CDC image
While breakthrough cases — affecting the fully vaccinated — are occurring, the CDC stated the biggest concern is for those who haven’t been vaccinated. Currently, only people 12 years and older are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency use for three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Of the three, the FDA has only approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 to 18, including with approval for emergency use.
About 4.3 million children have been infected since the start of the pandemic on Aug. 5, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. However, in the week leading up to that date, about 94,000 children were reported to have had COVID-19.
“Following a decline in early summer, childhood cases have steadily increased since early July,” the report reads.
At Baylor Scott & White City Hall Thursday, McLane Children’s children’s leaders of Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, General Pediatrics and Pediatric Psychiatry will discuss issues such as COVID-19 anxiety, social development, safe play and more. They will also answer some questions.
Featured speakers include Dr. Dominic Lucia, McLane Children’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gueorgui Dubrocq of Infectious Disease, Dr. Jamie Avila of Pediatric Medicine, and Dr. Taha Ansari of Pediatric Psychiatry.