Dr. Jim Versalovich of Texas Children’s Hospital said about 10 percent of children and teens diagnosed with COVID-19 should be hospitalized.
HUSTON – New data from the CDC shows that the number of children hospitalized in the intensive care unit due to the virus is increasing.
Dr. Jim Versailles serves as a temporary chief pediatrician and chief pathologist at the Texas Children’s Hospital.
“The hospitalization rate is significantly higher than we observed for seasonal flu or flu,”
According to a study published in JAMA, the CDC reports that more than 10 percent of children and teens diagnosed with COVID-19 need to be hospitalized, and one-third of that percentage need intensive care.
“Thirty-five to 40 percent of the children and adolescents we hospitalized needed critical care,” Dr. Versalovi said.
Dr Versalovic said the figures in Texas Children are in line with the latest CDC data, which shows that one-third of children aged 12 to 17 who need hospitalization end up in the intensive care unit. .
Of these cases, 5 percent had to be placed on fans.
“We see no reason to roll the dice with the health of a child or adolescent,” said Dr. Versalovic. “There’s no reason to bet, and the best way to just hold the dice, not bet, is to get the vaccine as soon as possible.”
He said last month that Texas Children had managed to corner off increased hospitalizations because of their efforts to vaccinate eligible children.
“We have now provided vaccines to more than 16,000 young people. These are children aged 12 to 15 right after May 12, “said Dr. Versalovic.
He said the number goes up when you include teenagers aged 16 and 17.
Dr Versalovic said it was important for anyone who had the right to receive the shot to do so to stop the virus from spreading.