Coronavirus and the Delta variant raise concerns about the fourth wave of infections in Poland. – I’m not very optimistic. Yesterday we admitted the first child to the COVID-19 observation and isolation ward, said Aneta Górska-Kot, a pediatrician, head of the Department of Paediatrics at the Professor Jan Bogdanowicz Children’s Hospital in Warsaw on TVN24.
On September 1, all students are to return from full-time education. The Ministry of Health reports increasingly higher statistics of new coronavirus infections. In connection with the Delta variant, scientists and health officials predict a fourth wave of infections will arrive in the fall.
On Friday morning, TVN24’s guest was Aneta Górska-Kot, a pediatrician, head of the Paediatrics Department at the Children’s Hospital named after Professor Jan Bogdanowicz at Niekłańska Street in Warsaw.
– I’m not very optimistic. Although one swallow does not make spring, yesterday we admitted the first child to the COVID-19 observation and isolation unit, she said.
In her opinion, “it will begin slowly”. – We come back from holidays, the children will start to mingle. Probably not one of us will come back from vacation with the Delta variant in itself. I am afraid that it will start – added Górska-Kot.
Coronavirus. Children “perfect vectors” of virus transmission
It resembled the “characteristics of infections in children”. – In the first wave, there were no children at all, in the second wave, most of the children were asymptomatic, but children with PIMS, i.e. a multi-system inflammatory disease, were a huge problem. The British variant dominated the third wave, and the children suffered from COVID-19 as they do with ordinary respiratory infections. Cough, runny nose, fever. Most of the parents did not know it was COVID-19 – said Górska-Kot.
What will happen to Delta? – We know that this variant is very contagious, it spreads very quickly, unfortunately it can also affect people who are vaccinated. For them, this course is not difficult, but it may also apply to them – she said.
And children, she added, “are perfect vectors” for transmitting the virus. – They hug, kiss, are close and between each other and with parents or grandparents – the doctor pointed out.
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