Pediatric cases of COVID-19 are increasing; what are the most common symptoms?

(WHTM) – Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians Roseville Pediatrics is reporting COVID-19, specifically cases of the Omicron variant this week. Many of these cases begin with a sore throat, and Omicron appears to involve the gastrointestinal tract with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; more than was seen with the Delta variant, although this is not always the case.

They continue to see strep and flu cases, but these are down slightly from last week, while Omicron cases continue to increase from daycare and school spread .

Dr. Joan Thode offered the following advice:

“The CDC’s five-day quarantine period is ONLY for people who are able to strictly mask up for an additional five days when coming out of home quarantine. Infants, toddlers and anyone unable or unwilling to wear a mask must quarantine for a full 10 days.

MIS-C, a rare but very serious disease caused by COVID-19 that causes the immune system to attack healthy cells in body organs, often involves high fever, stomach pain, and skin rash or inflammation of the body. the skin of the body, like that inside the mouth, nose and surface of the eyes. If your child has a high fever accompanied by these other symptoms or fever accompanied by additional lethargy; difficult to wake up, very drowsy and unable to become fully awake or alert, they should be taken to a doctor immediately.

In the adult world, the vast majority of deaths and serious illnesses from COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, are among those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. In children, having white blood cells trained against COVID-19 is helpful in preventing serious infection. Booster doses are recommended for children 12 years and older.

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If in doubt, please call your doctor before Google, especially if you have a breathing or level of consciousness problem.

WellSpan Pediatric Medicine physicians across the Midstate are seeing RSV, influenza, stomach bug, COVID-19, and exacerbations of allergies and asthma this week.

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