Doctors monitor how Alberta's variant-driven 3rd wave could impact children
2021-04-01 from cbc.ca
Alberta pediatricians are bracing for what could come as variant cases spike, hospitalizations grow and the province falls into the grip of yet another wave of COVID-19.
As of Thursday, 175 kids and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. That's up from 37 in November. Total ICU admissions have also jumped, from five to 35, according to provincial statistics.
"Fortunately in Alberta, no child or adolescent has passed away from COVID-19," said Dr. Jim Kellner, pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary and member of the national COVID-19 Immunity Task Force.
He says the bulk of those hospitalizations occurred during the second wave, and Alberta Children's Hospital — where he treats children — has very few kids admitted with COVID-19 right now.
But he's growing increasingly worried as cases rise rapidly in the community, driven by the more transmissible B117 variant.
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