In the United States, the highest number of children under 12 years of age hospitalized for coronavirus was recorded last weekend since the pandemic began, circumstance attributed by health authorities to the incidence of the Delta variant of the virus.
The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH, in English), Francis Collins, reported during an interview with the ABC News program “This Week” that The United States has 1,450 children hospitalized for Covid-19, the highest number so far in the pandemic.
This was one of the highlights of the third wave of Covid-19 that surprised Americans, that in a large part of the territory preventions had been made more flexible, including the use of chinstraps, since 70% of the population was vaccinated.
Collins considered that the country “It should never have gotten to the point where it is with the reappearance of coronavirus cases in the very young, including children,” and stressed that “almost all deaths have been of unvaccinated people.”
In the same vein, he stated that precisely “Many of the children under 12 who were hospitalized were not vaccinated.”
He also admitted not having “rigorous data” pointing to the Delta variant being more serious for the little ones, but who listens to the concern of pediatricians because in this new peak of the contagion of the disease “the children who are in the hospital are more numerous and are more seriously ill”.
The official recommended to parents at the beginning of the school year that they think of masks as a “medical device that saves lives” and not as a “political statement or an invasion of their freedoms”, while emphasizing that their use will prevent outbreaks that force a return to remote learning.
For a few days, concern has been growing in the United States because the number of hospitalized with coronavirus tripled in the last month.
From an average of approximately 12,000, it rose to almost 43,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While it is nowhere near the nearly 124,000 hospitalized at the peak of the virus rebound in January, Health professionals say this wave is perhaps more disturbing because cases are multiplying faster than previous ones.
Only Florida, Georgia and Louisiana account for about 40% of the hospitalizations nationwide, having some of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, with about 38% of its inhabitants completely inoculated, although Florida is more close to the national rate, with 49%.
But even so, hospitals became saturated with Covid-19 patients, while they had to suspend non-urgent surgeries and put beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria.
Although officials from the Department of Public Health expressed concern about the increase in the number of cases, They cautioned that part of this could be attributed to more adults and children returning to work and school and being tested for the virus.