Kids infected with Omicron more likely to have repeat ER visits

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March 13, 2023

A study of Canadian children who contracted COVID-19 found fever and cough were associated more heavily with Omicron and Delta variants but that serious outcomes like hospitalization and being moved to the ICU remained even across all variants. Researchers say the fact rates of hospitalization and being moved to the ICU remained stable even with later variants could be a sign that when it comes to children, the virus isn’t getting milder. They found differences in symptoms produced by individual variants, but there was no clear difference in the proportion of children hospitalized or admitted to the intensive care unit. Children infected with Omicron, however, were more likely to have additional ED visits compared to those infected with Delta.

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