“You have two potentially fatal diseases that attack the same child, so we take it very, very seriously,” said the head of critical care at TCH.
An average of 369 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized daily at Texas Medical Center — a new record high for the pandemic. The weekly average of new cases fell for the first time in seven weeks.
During this fourth wave, children have become a focal point as pediatric cases increase.
Dr. Lara Shekerdemian is head of critical care at Texas Children’s Hospital. Although they are very busy, she says there are ICU beds available at the hospital.
“We have had many COVID hospital admissions. At present, there are about 35 in our hospital system, and 40% of them require intensive care, ”she said.
Shekerdemian says many children are also sick with both COVID and RSV. Nearly 30 pediatric patients have been admitted to hospital with a combination of viruses, and many more have tested positive for both but have not been admitted.
The combination, we do not have enough data to find out if it is much worse than having one or the other, but you have two potentially fatal diseases that attack the same child, so we take it very, very seriously , “said Shekerdemian.
Doctors recommend that all parents take this increase seriously because they expect cases to continue to climb as more children return to school.