- Cade Slaughter / September 9, 2021
Like many doctors have feared, more and more children are getting hit hard by the COVID-19 mutating strands, as the Delta variant tramples across the country.
The school year has just started.
“The virus is really going for the people who are not vaccinated. And among those people are children who don’t qualify for the vaccine and children and teens who qualify but are choosing not to get it,” stated Dr. Edith Brancho-Sanchez, associate professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Shockingly, a record-high 2,396 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 as of Tuesday, according to data and statistics acquired from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
More than 55,000 children have been hospitalized with Covid-19 since August 2020, according to data from the Center of Disease Control. Many of the children hospitalized were deemed as healthy individuals with no known preexisting conditions. This sparks a controversy as to whether or not our children are safe from this virus.
Since the previous school year, a more contagious variant — Alpha — has been replaced by an even more contagious variant — Delta — as the dominant strain of coronavirus in the United States. It also sparks concern as to whether the current vaccines work effectively against the variants, and whether we can resume school safely in order to maintain the safety of our children.
“Children now make up more than 26% if the new COVID-19 cases,” the AAP said.
In certain cases, children who start with mild or no symptoms from COVID-19 and its variants, end up hospitalized weeks or months later with a condition called MIS-C — multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. The Delta variant is currently annihilating the myth that healthy kids can not get hit “hard” by COVID-19 and its variants. It also raises a concern as to whether or not COVID-19 gets stronger with its mutations. The sad part concerning this coronavirus is whether or not it will eventually end up as detrimental as a virus such as Ebola is considered.
“MIS-C is a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19 in which different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs,” the CDC says.
“For kids too young to be vaccinated, it’s important ‘to surround them with vaccinated people” stated CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.