Children with COVID-19 used to make up 1% of patients admitted to Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Now they account for about 20%, Dr. Mark Kline, chief physician at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, told “Good Morning America” Monday.
He said about half of the hospitalized children are under the age of 2. Most of the others are between 5 and 10 years old, so too young to be vaccinated.
“This is not your grandfather’s COVID-19 virus,” Kline said. “This delta variant is an entirely new and unexpected challenge.”
An ambulance enters the emergency department of Tampa General Hospital during a COVID-19 outbreak in Tampa, Florida, Aug. 3, 2021.
dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine in Baylor, warned on MSNBC that “schools act[ing] As an accelerator, you’d have to assume we’re going to see pediatric intensive care units across the South completely overwhelmed and even a possibility of small tent towns of sick adolescents and children.”
Hotez said parents should know that “delta is something else” and “picking young people like we’ve never seen before.”
A sign reading “Wear a Mask” stands at the main entrance of St. Petersburg General Hospital amid a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in St. Petersburg, Florida, August 3, 2021.
“If your adolescent child hasn’t been vaccinated, you have to assume that there’s a good chance that child will get COVID,” he said, adding: “And we’re not even at the ‘long COVID’ discussion around young people yet. and what that means for their long-term cognitive health.”