What is going on? Chilling figures show spike in US children hospitalised with Covid
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According to a graph from the CDC, hospital admissions with those confirmed with Covid in the US within the under 17 age group have risen to 0.43 per 100,000 people on August 24. Hospital admissions among the age group have risen from a low of 0.07 on April 4. That figure has also surpassed a previous high of 0.3 on January 10.
After January 10, hospital admission rates dropped to 0.15 on March 20 before rising again to 0.18 on April 25.
Commenting on the graph, Jonathan Fischoff said: “It’s not just Covid it is also Respiratory Syncytial Virus, but Covid is putting way more kids in the hospital this summer than before.”
Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin, a community pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic said hospital admission rates may continue to rise unless children are vaccinated.
Dr Ameenuddin said: “It is scary to see the number and severity of COVID-19 cases rising in children with the Delta variant and so many kids still left unprotected.
“The pandemic never stopped, and unfortunately, it only takes one lit match to reignite the inferno.”
The graph, however, also shows hospital admission rates being at their highest for those over 70.
In the over 70 age group, hospital admissions have now reached 8.82 per 100,000 on August 24.
The rate has risen after a low of 1.24 per 100,000 on June 27 and is now the age group with the highest hospital admission rate.
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However, the current figure does not match the previous high of 19.5 on January 9.
According to the data from the CDC, the January 9 high surged after hitting a low of 3.13 on October 9.
Across all age groups, hospital admission rates have risen in the US.
Indeed, in the 60-69 age group, the figure has now risen to 6.11 on August 24, an increase from 0.88 on June 22.
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In the 50-59 age group, the figure has now increased to 5.28 per 100,000.
While in the 40-49 and 30-39 age groups, hospital admission rates are now at 4.05 and 2.76 respectively.
Within the 18-29 age group, hospital admissions have increased to 1.43 per 100,000 on August 23.
The figure hit a low on June 23 of 0.29 per 100,000 while the previous high was registered 1.13 on January 10.
Overall, between August 1 to 24, 2,674,920 hospital admission have been reported, the graph states.
The current seven-day average is now 12,297 within that same period and is higher than the previous average of 11,637.
The peak seven-day average was 16,492 between January 3-9.
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