CDC director ‘saddened’ by adolescent COVID-19 hospitalization, ICU rate

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Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:49 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Recent data shows that the number of adolescents who contract COVID-19 and become hospitalized is trending upward, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that the evidence is growing and that COVID-19 is demonstrating severe health impacts on children.

“I am deeply concerned by the numbers of hospitalized adolescents and saddened to see the number of adolescents who required treatment in intensive care units or mechanical ventilation,” Dr. Walensky said.

According to the CDC’s data, COVID-19 hospitalization rates for adolescents peaked in January at 2.1 per 100,000. The hospitalization rate decreased down to .6 in March, but then rose again to 1.3 in April.

The CDC also stated that nearly one third of hospitalized adolescents were put into the ICU for their illness and 5% required ventilation. None had died.

“Much of this suffering can be prevented,” Dr. Walensky added.

Until children can be fully vaccinated, Dr. Walensky advises them to continue to wear masks and take the necessary health precautions such as social distancing. She also asks those close to these children, such as family and friends, to get their child vaccinated when it is possible and talk about the importance of COVID-19 health precautions.

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