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The number of Covid-19 positive children on the rise, doctor warns of critically ill kids

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Little Rock, Arkansas – At least 11 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 and several more are suspected to be positive, Arkansas Children’s Hospital officials say.

“About half of those are critically ill. They’re in our ICU requiring ventilator support or really have COVID-pneumonia,” said Dr. Rick Barr, Chief Clinical Officer at Arkansas Children’s.

The number of hospitalized children with Covid-19 two-three times more compared to the winter months and this is worrying trend.

“Previously most of the children that were admitted were incidentally found to be COVID positive,” Barr said. “They weren’t admitted because they had COVID. They were admitted for some other reason. Now we’re seeing more and more children that are admitted because of their COVID infection. That’s the primary reason for their hospital admission.”

So far, the most serious cases in the hospitals are those in the teenage years and “tweens”.

“They’re the ones that are in the ICU that have COVID-pneumonia and are requiring significant support,” Barr said.

According to the latest hospital reports, none of the hospitalized children was vaccinated so far.

“About half the children are in that category: old enough to be vaccinated but have not received the vaccine yet,” Barr said.

One positive thing is that younger groups and infants don’t seem to be develop serious conditions even when infected. According to Dr. Barr, as of now those groups usually don’t even know they are infected and only in very rare cases little children are hospitalized.

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