Children make up over 27% of cases right now – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4)– Doctors have insisted the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading among the unvaccinated, but it’s easy to forget that this includes children who may be too young to get vaccinated. In Colorado, children currently account for over 27% of COVID cases.
“Our highest rate of transmission, and has been for the past few weeks, is in this 6 to 11 year old population. So it is our school children who are really too young to be vaccinated and who are being followed by this 12 to 17 year old population, ”said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado State Epidemiologist in the State Weekly COVID-19 update.
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Dr Reginald Washington, Chief Medical Officer of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, said he saw the same in his hospital: “But, so far we have nurses with sufficient capacity etc., we are not. so not stressed for the moment. “
It would be easy to blame Back to School for the spread among children, but Washington says it may not be.
“The children are outside. They go to school. They are exposed to adults. So we can’t really do a lot of contact tracing, ”he says.
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Washington also notes that they have discovered that most children are not hospitalized with COVID-19, but they have seen some pediatric deaths. His advice, if you have a sick child, take him to a doctor, whoever he is.
“Just because a child may have COVID or not have COVID, if he is sick he needs to be seen because he could have RSV or some other disease. “
He also urges parents to be smart about what and who they let their children do.
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“Playing outside is a good idea, playing inside maybe not. Being surrounded by a group of adults who are not wearing masks is probably not a good idea, ”Washington says.