The number of hospital cases with a corona infection is increasing among children and adolescents. The virus has become a pandemic for the unvaccinated, it is said.
Kassel – The number of Corona * cases in Germany is increasing – and has been since the end of June. According to the weekly situation report from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Thursday (August 12th, 2021), it is mainly young people who are affected. Since the beginning of July there has been an increase in the incidence in the age groups of ten to 34 year olds.
According to the RKI, the median age of all corona cases per week has continuously decreased since the beginning of the year. At the beginning of the year the value was 49 years, at the beginning of August it was 28. In the hospital, Covid 19 patients were also getting younger and younger.
“The boys withdrew for over a year to protect the older ones, with the result that they all infected themselves afterwards,” says SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach *, explaining the situation.
Corona: “The virus has become a pandemic for the unvaccinated”
The Los Angeles Times also writes: “The virus has become a pandemic for the unvaccinated – and children under the age of twelve, for whom the vaccines have not yet been approved, make up a large part of this group.” According to media reports from the USA, they should The number of cases is increasing as a result of the delta variant, especially among children.
Most recently, the United States set a new record for child hospitalization. 1902 children were admitted to hospital on Saturday (August 14th, 2021) due to a corona infection. The CDC reports.
“Everyone is a little nervous that the Delta variant could actually be a bit more dangerous for children,” explains Dr. Richard Malley to the New York Times. Malley is an infectious disease doctor at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. However, there is not yet any scientific data on this.
|Inpatient treatment of children since the beginning of the pandemic||1700|
|Treated in intensive care||5 percent|
|Source: German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (DGPI), as of August 15, 2021|
The reason for corona infections in children could be a lack of vaccinations
The reason for the increasing number of children being hospitalized could be the lack of vaccinations. Children under the age of twelve are not vaccinated in the USA or Germany. At least, according to the latest decisions in this country, corona vaccinations are recommended for children from the age of twelve.
So could the future situation in Germany be similar to that in the USA? There are concerns, especially with a view to the new school year, as children and young people will have more contacts here again. According to Burkhard Rodeck, General Secretary of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ), there are “no significant increases in the number of inpatient admission of children.” of the rules are vaccinated.
Even if severe Covid-19 courses between the ages of 15 and 24 are rare, a study from Great Britain shows that young people are at almost as high a risk of complications when they are admitted to hospital as those over 50. Nevertheless, an increasing incidence in this age group “does not threaten the utilization of intensive care beds for the time being,” says epidemiologist Hajo Zeeb to ZDF. (kas) * hna.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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