Number of Hospitalized Young Children Who’ve Tested Positive Is Jumping, C.D.C. Says

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from The New York Times,

The number of young children admitted to the hospital who test positive for the coronavirus rose precipitously last week to the highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data released on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The increase was observed in children aged 4 and younger, who are not eligible for vaccination, and the data include those admitted to hospitals for reasons other than Covid and then tested positive.

The rise may at least be partly explained by the overall surge of Omicron cases, which affects all populations, as well as the spread of other respiratory infections. And officials said there was no sign of an increase in severe cases.

More than four in 100,000 children aged 4 years or younger admitted to hospitals were infected with the coronavirus as of Jan. 1 — double the rate reported a month ago, and about three times the rate this time last year.

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