More than 4,000 children were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States on Wednesday, which marks a record of minors with medium to severe cases that must be admitted.
This is revealed by an analysis of figures from The Washington Post, which indicates that the figure is higher than the peaks established during the summer when the delta variant was predominant.
“The count, which includes confirmed and suspected COVID-19 pediatric patients, reflects a pronounced increase in infections in that group“Says the report. “Less than two weeks ago, at Christmas, less than 2,000 children were in hospitals with COVID.”
The Post notes that adult hospitalizations have also increased and are increasing more rapidly.
This Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that children ages 12 to 17 receive a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
“It is critical that we protect our children and adolescents … and the complications of serious illness,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.
The Post integrates a report that the cases so far are not so serious, but the number of patients who arrive at hospitals can represent a problem for the health system.
“The number of patients with COVID-19 can overwhelm hospitals and result in more patients with serious illnesses,” the newspaper quotes experts.