Pediatric doctors said Monday they want parents to be in the know when it comes to their children and COVID-19, even with the transmission outlook improving in Louisville . While many kids have the mild or asymptomatic disease, this is still an illness that you don’t want your kids to get if you can help it.
Metro Health officials said the number of new COVID-19 cases in Louisville is going down. While the city’s dashboard shows an increase of over 7,100, Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage said over 3,600 are brand new cases while the others are backlogged from January. And while the positivity rate has also improved, it is still high at 16.5%.
Doctors are stressing the importance of vaccinations to parents for their eligible children. Unvaccinated children make up almost exclusively the children requiring ventilation or even requiring special devices such as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). Ellis said she sees children who contract multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MISC, as a result of COVID-19 with symptoms ranging from red eyes to abdominal pain. While rare and mostly treatable, the dangers are serious.
Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday said they were delaying their request for the Food and Drug Administration to authorize their COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 until early April, waiting on more data on the effectiveness of a third dose.