CBC: Mother of hospitalized 5-year-old says her decision not to get vaccinated was ‘big mistake’

CBC: Mother of hospitalized 5-year-old says her decision not to get vaccinated was ‘big mistake’. “A Regina mother says she’s grappling with regret over not getting vaccinated sooner after her five-year-old son ended up in the hospital with COVID-19. ‘If you’re unsure about getting vaccinated, you should really think twice about it, because this virus is very real,’ said 25-year-old Janis Bennett.”

Mississippi Baby Dies of COVID; Child Deaths In Past 45 Days Exceed Prior 17 Months (Mississippi Free Press)

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Baby Dies of COVID; Child Deaths In Past 45 Days Exceed Prior 17 Months. “For the first time in Mississippi since the pandemic began, a baby has died of COVID-19, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported today. State health leaders confirmed only that the latest child victim is an infant less than a year old. With this latest death, Mississippi’s COVID-19 pediatric death toll for the past six weeks is now four, exceeding the first 17 months of the pandemic when three Mississippians younger than 18 died of COVID-19. The delta variant surge brought with it the worst wave of child infections and hospitalizations yet.”

ABC News: Nearly 252,000 children in US test positive for COVID-19 amid back-to-school season

ABC News: Nearly 252,000 children in US test positive for COVID-19 amid back-to-school season . “In the last week alone, nearly 252,000 children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the largest increase of pediatric cases in a week since the pandemic began, according to a newly released weekly report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.”

WKBW: CDC seeing more children, adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 as delta variant spreads

WKBW: CDC seeing more children, adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 as delta variant spreads. “On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the U.S. had seen an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in children and adolescents in recent weeks as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Friday said the hospitalization rate of children and adolescents infected with COVID-19 increased by nearly five times between June 26 and Aug. 14.”

Long Covid in children ‘nowhere near scale feared’ (BBC)

BBC: Long Covid in children ‘nowhere near scale feared’. “After the world’s biggest study into the issue, the researchers, led by University College London, said they were ‘reassured’. They surveyed 11- to 17-year-olds testing positive for coronavirus in England between September and March. The research suggests somewhere between 2% and 14% still had symptoms caused by Covid 15 weeks later.”

CNN: What the data reveals about children and Covid-19 in the US

CNN: What the data reveals about children and Covid-19 in the US. “Contrary to research early in the pandemic, children are just as likely to become infected as adults. According to the CDC, Covid-19 infection rates for adolescents aged 5 to 17 were as high as in adults 18 to 49, and higher than rates in adults over 50. There have been 4.8 million cases of Covid-19 in children since April 2020, according to the American Association of Pediatrics, making up about 15% of all documented cases in the United States. In the last month, the number of new weekly cases has surged to near-peak levels.”

New York Times: Children’s hospitals around the country are seeing a surge in Covid-19 patients, including this two-month-old baby in New Orleans.

New York Times: Children’s hospitals around the country are seeing a surge in Covid-19 patients, including this two-month-old baby in New Orleans.. “As children’s hospitals in many parts of the United States admit more Covid-19 patients, a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, federal and state health officials are grappling with a sharp new concern: children not yet eligible for vaccination in places with substantial viral spread, now at higher risk of being infected than at any other time in the pandemic. Nowhere is that worry greater than in Louisiana, which has among the highest new daily case rates in the country and only 40 percent of people are fully vaccinated, putting children at particular risk as they return to school.”

Caller Times: Texas mom whose child got a heart transplant as a newborn joins mask-mandate ban lawsuit

Caller Times: Texas mom whose child got a heart transplant as a newborn joins mask-mandate ban lawsuit. “The lawsuit, which also names the Texas Education Agency and Education Commissioner Mike Morath as defendants, was filed in Austin by the advocacy group Disability Rights on behalf of 14 children with immunocompromised conditions ranging from asthma to cerebral palsy and asserts that Abbott’s order violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because the students are being denied the opportunity to learn in a safe environment.”

KXAN: Austin family says toddler was turned away from hospital due to lack of space in pediatric ICU

KXAN: Austin family says toddler was turned away from hospital due to lack of space in pediatric ICU. “Kevin Karaffa, whose 22-month-old daughter was recently diagnosed with a viral respiratory infection, claims he was turned away from an Austin-area hospital because there was no space. Luckily, he says his family received one of the last beds in the Dell Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Three hours later, Karaffa says a 10-month-old took the final PICU bed next door. He says a Dell Children’s nurse informed them that there were no more available PICU beds in the area.”

CNN: US Covid-19 cases among children are surging. Experts warn it may get worse

CNN: US Covid-19 cases among children are surging. Experts warn it may get worse. “After a decline in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially — with more than a four-fold increase in the past month, according to the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. From about 38,000 cases a week near the end of July, the week ending August 19 saw more than 180,000 cases in children, the report said.”

Miami Herald: Has DeSantis muzzled Florida’s top doc? Rivkees, a pediatrician, silent as kids get COVID | Editorial

Miami Herald: Has DeSantis muzzled Florida’s top doc? Rivkees, a pediatrician, silent as kids get COVID | Editorial . “Where in the world is Florida’s surgeon general — a pediatrician, no less — as COVID numbers spike for kids in Florida? We may have trouble summoning up his face, but Dr. Scott Rivkees was named to the top medical job in the state by Gov. Ron DeSantis in April 2019.”

More Kids Are Hospitalized With Covid-19, and Doctors Fear It Will Get Worse (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: More Kids Are Hospitalized With Covid-19, and Doctors Fear It Will Get Worse. “Hospitals in the South and Midwest say they are treating more children with Covid-19 than ever and are preparing for worse surges to come. Cases there have jumped over the past six weeks as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads primarily among unvaccinated people. That is leading to more sick kids in places where community spread of the variant is high, public-health experts say.”

Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s COVID deaths climb as children lead state in positivity rate

Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s COVID deaths climb as children lead state in positivity rate. “Florida’s pandemic is getting deadlier and infecting more children. The state reported 1,486 deaths, a 141 percent increase from two weeks ago. And it’s the most deaths since Feb. 10, as federal data shows Florida approaching the weekly death toll last seen this past winter. One out of every four COVID-19 infections recorded by the state in the most recent seven-day period were 19 or younger.”