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Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge

Original post made on Jan 17, 2022

The number of California children diagnosed with COVID-19 during the omicron variant surge has "skyrocketed," challenging earlier notions that the coronavirus largely bypassed children.

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Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 17, 2022 at 8:50 pm

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Posted by Darby Hillman
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2022 at 8:58 am

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For some peculiar reason, the earlier Covid variants seemed to impact adults and seniors more than the youth aged groups.

Omicron on the other hand, appears to have no real distinction on who it infects as everyone is now vulnerable regardless of their vaccination status.

The local public health officials (including the CDC) are perplexed and Covid containment may require getting a 4th booster as Israel is promoting.

Hopefully Covid immunity will someday be achieved via seasonal flu shot but we are a long ways away from that happening as more SARS Covid-2 mutations will emerge creating further necessity for ongoing pharmaceutical R&D.

In the meantime, a return to 2020 Covid public health mandates may be in order including closures of public schools and all non-essential businesses.

Current Covid vaccinations are not a guarantee of immunity, just a reassurance from the medical profession that death and hospitalization from Covid can be reduced somewhat if one is fully vaxed.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 18, 2022 at 10:57 am

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The key word here is "with" COVID, not because of COVID exclusively. CDC director Welensky admitted a couple of weeks ago that hospital reporting of COVID admissions across the country may have been off by as much as 40% when failing to report with COVID as opposed to from COVID. [Portion removed.]

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2022 at 1:13 pm

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I’m glad that these numbers in children motivate a public health response. I just want to point out that they are along the same order of magnitude as asthma hospitalizations and deaths—every year or two a bus load of kids dies from asthma in the state, and about 20x the number of adults dies,
too. It’s much more likely to kill adults with it than kids.

But asthma isn’t contagious (and disproportionately affects the poor and people of color for social injustice reasons) so even though we could do a lot environmentally to prevent it and prevent attacks in schools-more easily by far than we had to do for Covid-and even though children missing school because of asthma prepandemic was the single greatest cause of absenteeism and up there for hospitalizations, still more than half of schools do not follow government-recommended (and CA PTA recommended) measures that were developed and researched specifically to solve the problem in schools. Our district admin at one point even overtly rejected adopting such measures which would have increased safety and trust in our facilities by teachers after the pandemic began, including because such measures reduce the incidences of seasonal infections going around.

(Note that I am not criticizing anyone for how they responded to the pandemic itself, there were no easy answers, except that I’m sad the district didn’t take stronger steps to upgrade facilities with properly-masked workers while kids were at home.)

I would love a story on this issue specifically of how our district has historically handled air quality, complaints, EPA recommended AQ management plans, including why our district stopped taking data on asthma in our own kids for the CA Healthy kids survey when asthma is so highly correlated with missed school, and that (missed school for actual illness) in turn was so disproportionately correlated with depression among our district’s students. Has the pandemic response improved attitudes, behavior & outcomes?

Posted by M
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 18, 2022 at 4:54 pm

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The writer above asks for a distinction between those being admitted to hospitals "with" Covid or "from" Covid. Given that both require extra hospital staff, resources and space because Covid is so transmissible, they both stress hospital capacities. Moreover, those admitted to hospitals often already have serious health issues, so having Covin in addition to the reasons they were admitted is a serious complication. The key point to me is that both "from" and "with" Covid are collectively stressing hospital capacities and exhausted staff.