New York health officials have warned of a “upward trend” in paediatric hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 as the new Omicron variant spreads.
The spread of the Omicron variety of COVID-19 has resulted in an upsurge in hospitalised youngsters in New York, according to health experts. The New York State Department of Health, according to the Los Angeles Times, issued a warning on Friday about a “growing trend” in paediatric hospitalizations associated to COVID-19. According to the study, the health department in New York City has noticed a “four-fold rise” in coronavirus hospital admissions for youngsters aged 18 and under in recent weeks. Half of the youngsters taken to hospitals, according to the news organisation, are under the age of five and hence ineligible for COVID-19 immunizations. Between the ages of 12 and 17, three-quarters of individuals admitted to hospitals were not properly immunised. Between the ages of 5 and 11, 100% of those admitted to hospitals were not properly immunised.
California officials have noted that the increase in kid hospitalizations is being actively examined in light of the recent surge in COVID cases. California’s public health director and health officer, Dr. Tomás Aragón, has cautioned that state models forecast hospital overcrowding. According to him, Omicron is so contagious that it targets people who aren’t vaccinated or immune, making them the most vulnerable to hospitalisation and death.
According to Aragón, people should get immunised and boosted, undergo frequent testing, and avoid or postpone high-risk indoor meetings. According to the media site, he also proposed enhancing ventilation and air filtration, as well as the fit and quality of masks.
Fauci advises people to stay away from indoor gatherings.
It’s worth noting that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States is on the rise, with nearly 190,000 new infections per day on average over the past week. Health experts have repeatedly urged people to upgrade their masks from cloth masks alone in the wake of the Omicron strain’s spread. Separately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, urged people not to attend indoor parties where dozens of people’s vaccination status is unknown over the weekend.
According to Fauci, people should attend smaller gatherings with family and friends at homes where everyone is known to have been vaccinated and boosted. He went on to state that according to recent UK data, a lesser percentage of newly infected persons need to be hospitalised. However, he cautioned that because Omicron is causing so many infections, the variety could find people who haven’t been immunised, causing hospitals to become overcrowded.