COVID-19 ER visits and hospitalizations are increasing in Alberta children

COVID-19 ER visits and hospitalizations are increasing in Alberta children

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COVID-19 ER visits and hospitalizations are increasing in Alberta children

Calgary doctors say the Alberta Children’s Hospital emergency room is treating more children for COVID-19 than any other wave of infectious disease.

COVID-19 rates among those aged five to 11 years, too young to be vaccinated, skyrocketed in September. And, with such high transmission rates, experts were expecting a corresponding rise in ER visits and hospital admissions.

“The number and frequency of children seeking emergency department care who tested positive for Kovid during the epidemic is higher than at other times during the epidemic,” said Dr. Kerr, a physician and professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Stephen Friedman said the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

“This is reflected in the overall positivity rate for this age group, which is higher than ever before and is higher than any other age group.”

According to Friedman, her ER is seeing two and five children a day positively for Kovid.

“The good news is that most of these children are still a little sick – still manageable as outpatients.

Friedman said adults with Kovid-19 infection have severe morbidity and mortality. But as more children catch the virus, there is a corresponding increase in the number of severely ill children.

The death of a teenager

The province’s chief medical officer on Tuesday reported that a 14-year-old child has died of COVID-19. A Central Zone boy from Alberta died Oct. 7.

He was the youngest Albertan to die of the virus after the onset of the epidemic. An 18-year-old girl from the Central Region died in September.

Alberta Health Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday, criticizing the boy for having complex medical conditions that “played a significant role” in his death.

“Oh God, we’ve had our first real children’s death,” said Dr. Carlson, a Calgary emergency room physician during our province renovation late Tuesday night. Joe Vipond said. A group of doctors began to hold their own updates to “fill the void” with minimal government COVID-19 updates.

“In [press conference] I heard the warning that there are comorbidities. In my mind, there are no associates who are important in this case. The 14-year-old is 14 years old and for the record, if I died tomorrow I would be listed as a 52-year-old companion, ”he said.

Alberta health statistics show that Kovid-19 hospitalization is increasing among children.

The number of children hospitalized (19 years and under) for Kovid-19 has increased by 24.5 percent (from 323 to 402) since September 1.

At the same time, ICU admissions for children increased by 23 percent (from 60 to 74).

According to Alberta Health, there are currently 1.5 percent of children admitted to Kovid-19.

Of the 1,053 people hospitalized for Kovid-19 as of Tuesday afternoon, 16 were under the age of 18, including four children in intensive care.

MIS-C worries

All of this comes at a time when hospitals are dealing with relapses and other health abnormalities, and health care providers are experiencing a possible rise in rare cases in the past year. Causes.

According to Friedman, the incidence of MIS-C cases usually increases after a maximum of four weeks in severe Covid-19 infections.

“We’re not sure what the biggest concern is going to be in the coming weeks,” said Dr. Allen, a pediatrician at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Said Thakor said.

“Two to three weeks from now we will see significantly increased multisystem inflammatory syndromes and long-covidin, because they usually take two to six weeks after your primary infection.”

Thakur said children who develop MIS-C appear in the hospital after having fever for several days with other symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, redness and fatigue.

“They get sick pretty quickly. They can go from looking good to having an ICU for a day or so. We’re worried about how fast they can go on.”

According to Alberta Health, 48 children under the age of 18 have been hospitalized for MIS-C, which is recognized as rare and treatable – including 21 in the ICU since the province began diagnosing the condition in May 2020