New Covid-19 Variant Concerning Local Pediatricians
A new Covid-19 variant is concerning local pediatricians.
“It’s more infectious, it transmits easily,” said Dr. Constanza Fox of Fox Pediatrics in Mt. Pleasant.
Right now, the Covid-19 Delta variant is accounting for 10% of the Covid-19 cases in the U.S.
“At the rate at which it’s doubling, we believe that within probably a month or two, it might be the most dominant strain,” said Dr. Rumana Barodawalla of Children’s Health Care in Mt. Pleasant.
While 53% of the population in the U.S. is vaccinated, pediatricians are worried about the population that isn’t vaccinated.
“We have our most vulnerable population not vaccinated yet since the vaccine is just approved for 12 plus,” said Dr. Barodawalla. “Most schools are going to be in person in the fall, and if we are not careful, I think we will definitely see our kids paying the price.”
Pediatricians say this variant is more severe than other variants of the Covid virus.
“Apparently it gives more nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, also it gives hearing loss,” said Dr. Fox. “It’s something that parents and caregivers should take note of because no one wants a child to suffer for life.”
They say the only way to combat it is vaccinate the adults in children’s lives.
“We just need adults to get vaccinated with two doses,” said Dr. Fox. “Apparently this variant escapes the first dose.”