Child COVID hospital cases up in low-vaccination states
Today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) present new data on US COVID-19 hospitalization rates in children and adolescents, which shows kids in states with low vaccination rates saw hospitalizations increase four times compared to states with high vaccination rates.
The trend was most notable in the Southern United States, the authors said.
Among persons aged 17 or younger, COVID-19–related emergency department (ED) visits and hospital admissions in the states with the lowest vaccination coverage were 3.4 and 3.7 times that in the states with the highest vaccination coverage during the most recent 2-week period (Aug 14 to 27).
“Since July 2021, after Delta had become the predominant circulating variant, the rate of new COVID-19 cases and COVID-19–related ED visits increased for persons aged 0–4, 5–11, and 12–17 years,” the CDC wrote.
The highly transmissible Delta (B1617.2) variant has caused a summer surge of activity across the United States. The country reported 153,143 new COVID-19 cases and 1,588 deaths yesterday, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker, and the 7-day average of new daily cases is 163,339, according to the Washington Post tracker.