Experts Ask: Does your child have red eyes? WHO says it could be Covid.

Jano le Roux

According to recent research published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination was 93 percent effective in avoiding hospitalization in children aged 12 to 18.

According to the research released on Tuesday, between June 1 and September 30, the CDC conducted a case-control study of Pfizer’s vaccination in adolescents at 19 pediatric hospitals in 16 states.
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According to the WHO, the most common first signs among children:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Tiredness

Other common symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea
  • A rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
  • Red or irritated eyes

“Effectiveness of 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 hospitalization was 93 percent, during the period when B.1.617.2 (Delta) was the predominant variant,” according to the researchers.

The research included a total of 464 patients, with 179 case patients and 285 controls making up the final analysis.

The median age of the case-patients and the controls was 15 years, and 72 percent had at least one underlying disease, including obesity, and 68 percent attended in-person school.

Six of the 179 COVID-19 case-patients were vaccinated, whereas the remaining 173 (97%) were not.

Both fatalities occurred among thecase-patients admitted to the ICU and the severely sick case-patients.

Unvaccinated patients spent an average of five days in the hospital, whereas vaccinated patients spent three days.

According to the CDC, 46 percent of 12–15-year-olds and 54 percent of 16–17-year-olds in the United States have received complete COVID-19 vaccination as of Oct. 18.

September was the deadliest month for child COVID-19 infections, according to new statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Around 250,000 child COVID-19 infections were added in the week ending September 2nd, marking a new high. Since the coronavirus pandemic started in March 2020, almost 6 million youngsters have tested positive, according to the graph. The peak of kid COVID-19 infections occurred in September 2021, according to a graph.

According to the AAP, the total rate of COVID-19 infection in children is 8,035 cases per 100,000.

According to studies conducted by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, younger children should get one-third of the dosage now provided to the rest of the population. The virus-fighting antibody levels in the 5- to 11-year-olds were just as high as those in adolescents and young adults who received regular-strength vaccines after their second dosage.

In the meanwhile, Moderna has applied to the FDA for approval to use its vaccine in youngsters aged 12 to 17 years old, and it is also testing its injections in elementary school students. Pfizer and Moderna are both researching infants as young as six months. Later this year, results are anticipated.

Do you know someone who had Covid? What advice do you have for other readers?

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