Evan Maldonado, a pediatrician at Stanford University School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health, and Pfizer’s chief investigator, said: “I don’t have a great answer. It’s frustrating and it’s scary.”
It is a matter of some comfort, he noted, that so far Omicron seems to produce mild symptoms in many children যদিও although it is still unclear whether the variant is really mild in all individuals or blunted by more widespread immunity in population-level studies. “The chances of a child being hospitalized are less than 1 percent,” Maldonado said. “But still, it’s not zero. Where we work, we have seen many children come to the hospital with respiratory failure or, at the very least, with shortness of breath where they need oxygen. It can be really stressful for the family. And we don’t know what’s going to happen to adults or children in the long run. “
The increase in the number of cases of children has made it difficult to manage to return to school for the spring semester. “Our school district has set a metric of 5 percent positivity and almost all schools have reached that metric in one day,” said Kawsar Rasmi Talat, a physician and associate professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. , Where he led trials of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years or younger. “Because of the sheer number of people being infected by Omicron alone, we are seeing a huge increase in the number of infected and hospitalized children.”
The image of schools across the country is chaotic. In the week beginning January 2, 5,409 U.S. schools Distance learning has been switched At least in one day, according to the tracker Burbio, which collects more than 80,000 K – 12 calendars. In school Atlanta and five Georgia counties They return to the classroom on Monday after a delay at the beginning of the year, when they Twin cities and suburbs Went to a remote place to protect the students. Students staged in New York City on Tuesday A citywide walkout To protest for social distance and distant alternatives and in Chicago, the teachers union Agree to finish Five-day walkout with safety concerns. In North Virginia, parents have reported Accept grace Stand as an alternative, and in Michigan, a teacher Tweet About missing school Complete grade level Staff.
Parents constantly think about the risks, whether it’s introducing their kids to solid foods, letting them climb a ladder, or deciding to send them to school during a bad flu season. But thinking about the risks of covid is uniquely challenging, as official advice seems to have changed frequently – and because, in addition to vaccines, new treatments such as Antiviral Pills And monoclonal antibodies are still not available for young children.
“Common cold and flu and RSV known entities,” said Jennifer Shu, Atlanta Pediatrician in private practice and medical editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Parental advice site. “We have some remedies, including approved antivirals for the flu. For Covid, although there are multiple medications, many of which are not approved for those under 12 years of age. So these are not an option for children either.