COVID-19 live updates: ‘This is not your grandfather’s COVID,’ pediatrician warns

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.”

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