The Delta variant has hugely impacted our communities. As of August 19th, more than 4.5 million children have contracted COVID-19. There are many unknowns surrounding COVID-19, but one thing we do know is that it is extremely contagious compared to other strains. If you think you or your child may have been exposed to COVID, visit AFC Urgent Care Bedford today for a test.
Delta Symptoms in Children
Scientists have said it is still too early to know for sure if there is a difference in symptoms between the Delta variant and the first strain. Cough and loss of smell are the two top reported symptoms, however, with fever, headache, runny nose, and sore throat close behind. In children and teenagers more recently, fever and cough are the two top symptoms.
Scientists have observed that the Delta variant is causing symptoms in children, whereas the original strain did not. Parents need to be aware of additional illnesses that COVID may cause. For example, multisystem inflammatory syndrome has been seen in many children several weeks after catching COVID.
Symptoms of MIS-C include:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Abdominal pain
- Chest tightness
- Neck pain
When to Get Tested
If your child is showing any signs of an upper respiratory infection, they should get tested. Additionally, if they show any of the symptoms mentioned for MIS-C, you should get them in with their pediatrician right away.
If your child tests positive for COVID but does not need hospitalization, they should be quarantined until they no longer have symptoms. Be sure to monitor your child’s symptoms and look out for breathing problems, fluid intake, and general appearance. Keep windows open for airflow. If your child just seems to be “off,” that is a good enough reason to take them to the doctors.
COVID Vaccine & Children
At this time, there is no approval for a COVID vaccine for children under 12. If your child is over 12, they should be vaccinated as soon as possible. As of August 23rd, the Pfizer vaccine has received FDA approval after being approved for emergency use only. This is a huge milestone for anyone 16 years and older.
Clinical trials are still underway for children under 12 to know what the proper dosage should be and whether or not they’re safe. It’s expected that emergency use of the vaccine for those 12 and under will be approved in the Fall or Winter after completing these trials. Right now, the most effective method is general prevention with masks, social distancing, and staying home when you’re sick.