Spike in pediatric COVID cases worries doctors at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

NS. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — In the past month, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has seen an increase in patients with COVID-19.

“We saw 12 positive cases in June, then we saw more cases in the first week of July than the entire month of June. Now we see about 100 cases a week,” said Dr. Joseph Perno, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

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With the Delta variant spreading rapidly and school starting again, Dr. Perno fears those numbers will continue to rise.

“You have a very contagious virus and as we know the Delta variant is five times more contagious than the previous versions you put all together and every pediatrician is terrified,” added Dr. Perno to it.

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Parents should be alert for symptoms such as fever, cough and runny nose.

“We also see that this gives you muscle pain; you get vomiting and diarrhea. So you can also get some of the stomach upset,” Perno added.

He encourages parents to remain vigilant, have children wear masks, and if they are 12 and older, get them vaccinated.

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