Experts continue to warn that the delta variant is spreading to children, infecting them with the coronavirus and leading to some severe COVID-19 situations.
Do kids still get COVID-19?
- She said there have been more than 72,000 COVID-19 cases in children and teens in the last week.
Do children get severe COVID-19?
Severe COVID-19 cases remain rare among children, but they do happen, Maldonado said.
- For example, two children died at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, over the weekend, per WMC-TV.
- Both children died due to complications with the coronavirus, according to WMC-TV.
- “It’s clear that this variant is capable of causing serious injury in children. You heard those stories coming out of Louisiana pediatric ICUs where there are kids as young as a few months old that are sick,” Collins said.
Is the delta variant worse for children?
Experts are warning, too, that the delta variant has been worse for children than any other mutation, as I explained for the Deseret News.
- “Delta variant is acting very, very differently with respect to kids ... just in the month of July, we have (admitted) over 40 to the children’s hospital ... and a number of those have ended up in the intensive care unit,” he told NPR.
Dr. Katherine Williamson, a pediatrician in Orange County, told The Los Angeles Times that parents should be doing whatever they can to keep children safe from COVID-19 “when they have an unvaccinated child in their family.”