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Editorial

Volume 11, Number 1, March 2022, page 1


Omicron Variant and Children

Itzhak Brook

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC, USA

Manuscript submitted January 11, 2022, accepted January 12, 2022, published online March 29, 2022
Short title: Omicron Variant and Children
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/ijcp474

As the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been cases spiking around the world, more children have been tested positive to it [1, 2]. However, this has not yet correlated with an increased number of children admitted to hospitals that occurred during the recent delta variant wave. Early data suggest that the Omicron variant appears to cause less severe illness in children than previous variants of the virus.

Because of the high transmissibility of Omicron and the low rate of vaccination in children, it is expected that many children will contract the virus [3]. Even if Omicron will be found to be less virulent than previous variants of the virus, its high rate of infectivity is likely to lead to an increase in the number of hospitalization and with it sever illnesses in children. Children may also serve as spreader of the virus to others.

It is therefore prudent that pediatricians stay vigilant and encourage parents to have their children get vaccinated against COVID-19 (when they qualify), and practice safe behavior that includes wearing masks and avoid settings where they may be exposed to the virus. Children should also be tested for the virus if they have been exposed to the virus or manifest symptoms.

Acknowledgments

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Data Availability

The author declares that data supporting the findings of this study are available within the article.


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