Dr. Hotez: ‘Pediatric hospitalizations are at an all-time high across the southern U.S.’

More than 50 children are battling COVID-19 at Texas Children’s Hospital.

HOUSTON — More than 4,000 people test positive for COVID-19 every day in the Houston area. Thirty percent of them are children.

Most cases are mild, but more than 50 children are currently battling COVID-19 at Texas Children’s Hospital.

“Children hospitalizations are at an all-time high in the southern United States,” said Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Hotez said we have yet to see results from Texas schools return to 100 percent personalized learning.

This week, the city of Houston reported that the first child with no underlying conditions has died from COVID-19.

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The child was between 10 and 19 years old and unvaccinated.

“I’m a little less concerned about HISD because we have mask orders from the district judge,” said Dr. hotez. “But you get into some of these remote counties, especially East Texas and Central Texas. No one is masked. No one has been vaccinated. I’m quite concerned about that situation.

dr. Hotez believes that the only way to ensure your child is safe in school is for everyone to wear masks and to get everyone vaccinated over the age of 12.

“I don’t want to see what goes on in ICUs in southern Houston, where young people who see their lives slipping away realize that all of this could have been prevented by getting vaccinated,” said Dr. hotez.

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