CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — Doctors at MUSC express concern after two months of exceptionally high pediatric COVID-19 admissions.
According to Dr. Allison Eckard sees hospital “many more children severely affected by COVID.”
In August and September, MUSC reported that 74 pediatric COVID-19 patients were admitted. That accounts for 40% of all pediatric COVID-19 admissions since the start of the pandemic.
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Of the 74 admitted during that two-month period, 14 were placed on a ventilator and four received “a last resort form of life support” called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO “involves a machine that oxygenates the blood when a person’s lungs are not working.”
In addition to COVID-19, the number of childhood multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) cases nearly doubled in September. According to MUSC, “cases during this one month equaled nearly 25% of the total number of cases at MUSC Children’s Health since the start of the pandemic.”
Eckard attributes the spike to the highly contagious Delta variant, as well as “relatively low vaccination coverage, especially among children ages 12 to 17” and the easing of mitigation measures in schools, such as mask-wearing and social distancing.
According to Eckard, none of the pediatric COVID patients had been fully vaccinated upon arrival. She says the vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective, and hopes more families will consider it.