After many months of zero or few pediatric Covid cases, we are seeing infants, children and teens with Covid pouring back into the hospital, more and more each day. — Dr. Heather Haq, Chief Medical Officer, Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital
After many months of zero or few pediatric Covid cases, we are seeing infants, children and teens with Covid pouring back into the hospital, more and more each day. — Dr. Heather Haq, Chief Medical Officer, Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital
Delta Variant, R.S.V. Infections Rising Among Children
Health officials have expressed concern over a simultaneous rise in Delta infections and cases of respiratory syncytial virus, or R.S.V., a highly contagious, seasonal flulike illness that is more likely to affect children and older adults.

Cases of R.S.V. have risen gradually since early June, with an even greater spike in the past month, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. R.S.V., which can cause symptoms that include a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and fever, normally begins to spread in the fall, making this summer spike unusual.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Dr. Heather Haq, a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, described an increase in both coronavirus and R.S.V. hospitalizations.

“After many months of zero or few pediatric Covid cases, we are seeing infants, children and teens with Covid pouring back into the hospital, more and more each day,” she wrote, adding that patients have ranged in age from 2 weeks to 17 years old, including some with Covid pneumonias.

“We are on the front end of a huge Covid surge,” wrote Dr. Haq, who could not be reached for comment on Sunday. “We are now having winter-level patient volumes of acutely ill infants/toddlers with R.S.V., and I worry that we will run out of beds and staff to handle the surge upon surge.”

... “I worry as kids go back to school with the Delta circulating, we will see huge school outbreaks that we didn’t see in prior waves, disproportionately affecting kids,” Dr. Haq wrote. “I’ve cared for hospitalized pediatric patients with Covid throughout the pandemic, but this time with unvaccinated, susceptible children plus Delta variant, we will see more pediatric Covid admissions.”


Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has prohibited local governments and state agencies from mandating vaccines and barred local officials from requiring face masks.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/01/world/delta-variant-kids-infections.html