More than 1,900 children across the United States have been hospitalized with the coronavirus, which is being severely hit by the Delta variant.
The number of children hospitalized in the United States due to COVID-19 hits a record high, the United States continues to work hard to cope Highly infectious and rapid spread Delta variants, especially in areas with low vaccination rates.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the number of pediatric hospitalizations reached 1,902 on Saturday, accounting for approximately 2.4% of the country’s total coronavirus-related hospitalizations.
Children under 12 are not eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, which makes them more susceptible to infection Highly infectious variants.
“This is not last year’s COVID. This is worse, and our children will be most affected by it,” Sally Gossa, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told CNN on Saturday.
For weeks, U.S. health officials and top infectious disease experts Urge Americans to get vaccinated Stop them from talking about the rising wave of infections, deaths and hospitalizations related to the Delta variant.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, described the current wave as “Unvaccinated outbreak“.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although 50.5% of people in the U.S. are considered to be fully vaccinated dataAnd 59.4% received at least one dose, and millions of people did not receive a jab.
The recent increase in cases has sparked a heated debate across the country about whether state and local governments should enact vaccine regulations – a move taken by Fauci and other officials Recently said they support.
last week, California becomes the first state in the United States Teachers and other school staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested regularly.
“We think this is the right approach, and we think it is a sustainable way to keep schools open and address the primary anxiety of parents like me about young children,” Governor Gavin Newson said.
The National Education Association (NEA), the largest union of teachers in the United States, also came out this week to support compulsory vaccination of its members.
NEA President Becky Pringle said on Saturday that schools should adopt all mitigation strategies, from vaccines to masks, to ensure that students can safely return to class during the school year.
“Our students under the age of 12 cannot be vaccinated. It is our responsibility to protect their safety. Keeping them safe means that everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated,” Pringle told CNN.
In Florida, Texas, and Arizona, some school districts violated the order of the Republican governor to wear masks.
According to a report in the Dallas Morning News on Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis threatened to stop funding areas that require masks. Texas Governor Greg Abbott ) Is appealing to the state Supreme Court to overturn the Dallas County’s mask-wearing rule.
One-fifth of the country COVID-19 hospitalization in FloridaAccording to Reuters statistics, the number of hospitalized patients reached a record 16,100 on Saturday. According to HHS data, more than 90% of intensive care beds in the state are full.