Portland pediatricians warn parents about kids getting sick from delta variant of COVID-19 | Local News

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) — Portland pediatricians are warning parents that more children are getting sick from the more contagious delta strain of COVID-19. This is because the Portland-Metro area is going back to school this week.

Hospitals in the Portland area have seen an increase in pediatric cases of COVID-19 severe enough to require hospitalization, according to figures from the Oregon Health Authority showing a steady increase in COVID-19 cases involving children are involved.

Pediatricians say the children they see in the hospital also show more severe symptoms, suggesting the delta variant makes them sicker than previous versions of COVID-19.

dr. Malaika Little is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Randall Children’s Hospital. She says the delta variant is much worse for children.

‘We see more in the hospital. More serious illnesses are reported. And it seems like it’s more transferable, so kids get it easier. I still think it mostly comes from unvaccinated adults,” said Dr. Little.

She says the majority of the children she has seen in the hospital generally recover quickly, but children with underlying conditions struggle more with COVID-19. One bit of good news, she says, it seems that the death rate in pediatric cases has not increased significantly.

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