Pediatrician issues warning as more MS kids get COVID

A 23-week pregnant mother, recently diagnosed with COVID-19, died before her baby could deliver. A 5-week-old COVID-positive baby was hospitalized. A 5-year-old was unconscious at Children’s of Mississippi.

This was all on Dr. Anita Henderson in just one day in mid-August as the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to rip through the state. Henderson, a Hattiesburg pediatrician, joined Mississippi Today’s The Other Side podcast this week to discuss the rise of COVID-19 in children.

“Last year, our adults and our elderly took center stage. Nursing homes were a concern last year,” Henderson said. “But now with the Delta wave with this Delta variant, the children are where we should focus our efforts and our energy. They must be our priority as COVID is sweeping through the school system and through our children.”

While doctors aren’t sure whether the delta variant is more virulent or causes more serious illness in children, they are sure: there is much, much more of it. And the data confirms that.

READ MORE: Childhood COVID-19 Cases Rising Rapidly in Mississippi

A Mississippi Today analysis from last week shows that the number of COVID-19 cases in children increased by 830% in 2021 compared to the first two weeks in which this data was reported in August last year.

Children’s of Mississippi saw the highest number of children hospitalized with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 on Aug. 19, with 28 children requiring hospital care. Eight of them were in intensive care.

“To be fair, we have a runaway train in our state when it comes to kids,” Henderson said. “We have one children’s hospital in our state. We have one pediatric ICU, and it’s overwhelmed. So we’re just asking people to do everything in their power to put kids first, to do what’s right for the kids, to get them to school safely and to get them safely through this delta wave.”

LISTEN: the full podcast episode of Dr. Anita Henderson.

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‘Runaway train now in Mississippi’: Pediatrician issues dire warning as more children get COVID

A 23-week pregnant mother, recently diagnosed with COVID-19, died before her baby could deliver. A 5-week-old COVID-positive baby was hospitalized. A 5-year-old was unconscious at Children’s of Mississippi.

This was all on Dr. Anita Henderson in just one day in mid-August as the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to rip through the state. Henderson, a Hattiesburg pediatrician, joined Mississippi Today’s The Other Side podcast this week to discuss the rise of COVID-19 in children.

“Last year, our adults and our elderly took center stage. Nursing homes were a concern last year,” Henderson said. “But now with the Delta wave with this Delta variant, the children are where we should focus our efforts and our energy. They must be our priority as COVID is sweeping through the school system and through our children.”

While doctors aren’t sure whether the delta variant is more virulent or causes more serious illness in children, they are sure: there is much, much more of it. And the data confirms that.

READ MORE: Childhood COVID-19 Cases Rising Rapidly in Mississippi

A Mississippi Today analysis from last week shows that the number of COVID-19 cases in children increased by 830% in 2021 compared to the first two weeks in which this data was reported in August last year.

Children’s of Mississippi saw the highest number of children hospitalized with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 on Aug. 19, with 28 children requiring hospital care. Eight of them were in intensive care.

“To be fair, in our state we have a runaway train in terms of children,” Henderson said. “We have one children’s hospital in our state. We have one pediatric ICU and it’s overwhelmed. So we’re just asking people to do everything in their power to put children first, to do what’s right for the children.” , to get them safely to school and to get them safely through this delta wave.”

LISTEN: the full podcast episode of Dr. Anita Henderson.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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