COVID-19 Hospitalizations Surge Throughout the US, Hitting Children and Seniors the Hardest

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Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have risen rapidly in recent weeks. Hospital admissions from the virus are up 300% from two months ago. Children and seniors have fared the worst in this recent wave. Americans aged 70 and older accounted for more than 50% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and people aged 60 and older comprised more than two-thirds of all admissions. However, hospitalizations among small children have soared by 500% over the last three weeks. Approximately 1,200 kids under 5 years old were hospitalized with the virus during the week ending on September 9. These numbers remain below the levels seen in previous pandemic peaks. The peak of the winter 2022 surge caused 1,800 pediatric hospitalizations, for example. Nevertheless this rapid increase in severe illnesses concerns many experts. “We haven’t really seen this for many months, but we’re starting to see people come into the hospital critically ill,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University. “There needs to be a greater sense of urgency because deaths are rising, hospitalizations are rising.”

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