Why COVID-19 hospitalizations of Canadian kids — and infants — could keep rising as Omicron spreads – CBC

Uptick in admissions tied to fast spread, while respiratory infections linked to variant may hit kids harder

Jan 06, 2022

Kids and teens — and even newborns — are now among the rising number of Canadians being hospitalized with COVID-19 as Omicron infections keep surging across the country to unprecedented levels.

Multiple hospitals recently began seeing an uptick in young patients infected with the coronavirus, CBC News has learned, including some of the country’s largest pediatric facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.

And on Wednesday, several Ontario hospitals issued a public service announcement stating that between two pediatric sites in Ottawa and Hamilton, six infants had been hospitalized for COVID-19 infections since mid-December, despite the previous rarity of infant admissions.

To be clear, medical experts still stress that COVID-19 remains a mild illness for the vast majority of children; the rise in hospitalizations among youth is likely tied, at least in part, to this variant’s uncanny ability to simply infect more people.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/children-hospitalization-omicron-1.6305207

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