The number of children in the U.S. surges… “Omicron, cold and flu-like symptoms”

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The number of hospitalized pediatric patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States is increasing, The Washington Post reported.

Through its own analysis, the newspaper explained that as of yesterday (25th), 1,987 children confirmed or suspected of being hospitalized nationwide, which is a 31% increase from ten days ago.

Doctors in the United States said that the majority of children diagnosed with COVID-19 are still showing mild symptoms.

During the first COVID-19 outbreak in the United States last year, many children showed symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain, and loss of smell or taste.

On the other hand, it is analyzed that the symptoms of infection with the Omicron mutation are generally similar to those of a cold or flu.

“There are many cases of children under the age of five, but so far they don’t appear to be developing serious,” said Nathan Hargstrom, chairman of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, which operates hospitals in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Bethleyhem.

But the Washington Post, citing pediatricians, expects new hospitalizations for children to rise in the coming weeks.

Recently, a study from the UK and South Africa found that hospitalization rates for omicron mutant infections were relatively low, but US health officials are paying attention to children under the age of 5 who are not eligible for the vaccine.

Earlier this month, the South African government announced that hospitalizations for this age group had risen sharply.

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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