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Kids’ Covid Hospitalizations Hit Record in U.S. Omicron Surge

  • Childhood admissions rose 66% in a week; deaths remain low
  • Kids and adolescents are least likely to be vaccinated
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Omicron Cases Rising in Children
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Pediatric Covid-19 hospitalizations have risen to record levels as omicron races across the U.S., amplifying the urgency to get boosters and vaccines cleared for children. 

While the variant so far doesn’t appear more severe than other versions in youngsters, the growing number of cases means more children are susceptible to serious illness. New hospital admissions of kids with Covid-19 have increased 66%  to 378 a day on average for the week ending Tuesday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The last peak occurred in early September at a daily count of 342.