According to experts, Canada is not experiencing the same rise in pediatric hospitalizations as the United States. As the start of the school year approaches, many Canadian parents are concerned about reports of unprecedented cases of COVID-19 among children and teenagers in regions of the United States, as well as increased hospitalizations.
The bulk of these infections, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, are caused by the delta variation, which has been labeled “super infectious.”Although the delta variation is on the rise in Canada, pediatric infectious disease specialists and public health experts say we’re not in the same position as hotspots in the United States — and that there are steps we can take to prevent becoming one.
“Right now, things are pretty awful in the southern and southeastern areas of the United States,” said Dr. David Kimberlin of the Children’s Hospital of Alabama and a pediatrics professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
One reason for this is the delta variant’s dominance, which Kimberlin thinks accounts for roughly 90% of the COVID-19 instances he’s now seeing. Another major factor, he claims, is “abysmal immunization rates” in COVID hotspots.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal a 27.3% increase in the seven-day average for COVID-19 hospital admissions in the United States among children aged 0 to 17 over the weeks of July 28 to August 3 and August 4 to August 10.
According to further CDC statistics, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida have the highest COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 persons.