A 14-year-old boy died in the hospital in Ostrów Wielkopolski on Friday. He was infected with the coronavirus. He was still at school on Tuesday. He was taken to hospital on Thursday. Doctors renew their appeals for vaccination. In Wielkopolska, the vaccination coverage rate in the youngest age group (12-19 years) is less than 33 percent.
The 14-year-old went to the hospital in Ostrów Wielkopolski on Thursday. Doctors described his condition as serious. The boy was still at school on Tuesday. He was going to be treated for an infection of the upper respiratory tract. After his condition deteriorated rapidly, he was taken to hospital.
– He was subjected to oxygen treatment and diagnostics, but his condition deteriorated very quickly and he was transferred to the pediatric ICU, where he died in the afternoon – said Dr. Adam Stangret, spokesman for the hospital in Ostrów Wielkopolski.
After being admitted to the hospital, doctors performed a PCR test for coronavirus. The test showed a positive result.
The prosecutor’s office deals with the matter of the death of the 14-year-old.
The class attended by the 14-year-old went to quarantine, and the rooms in which he was attended will be displayed by firefighters.
Only one in three teenagers got vaccinated
Meanwhile, doctors are sounding the alarm: in the fourth wave of coronavirus, more and more young people are hospitalized, often their condition is serious and they have to be put under a respirator. The vast majority are unvaccinated people.
– Not vaccinating children deprives them of the chance to pass COVID-19 smoothly. In the fourth wave of the pandemic, not only do more young patients get sick, but the course of the infection is also much more severe. Together with the parents, we observe with anxiety and sadness the children who are suffocating and suffering, and we know that vaccination could have prevented it. The preparations are safe and effective, so there is no rational reason not to use them – emphasizes prof. Magdalena Figlerowicz, specialist in paediatrics and infectious diseases, as well as provincial consultant in the field of infectious diseases.
In Wielkopolska, less than 56 percent is currently fully protected against the severe course of COVID-19. people (data from the databases of the e-Health Center as of November 12). Thus, Wielkopolska is in second place in Poland in this respect – after Mazovia, which has already exceeded the 57 percent threshold. fully vaccinated people.
The best implanted age group is the 70+ age group. – They are vaccinated in 84 percent – says Mikołaj Woźniak from the Greater Poland National Health Fund.
In the 60-69 age group in Wielkopolska, the vaccination rate is over 76%, and a decade younger – nearly 71%. Inhabitants under the age of 40 clearly differ from these results.
The worst statistics are in the youngest age group – 12-19 years. – The vaccination rate is only less than 33 percent – says Woźniak.
Recall – people from the age of 12 can get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Poland from June.
Complications also in the young
Currently, more than 300 schools operate in Greater Poland due to the detection of COVID-19 outbreaks. – Many classes go to quarantine, and parents face the need to provide care for children who return to distance learning – points out Woźniak.
It is worth remembering that currently vaccinated people are not quarantined after contact with an infected person.
Young Covid-19 patients are increasingly struggling with long-term complications. – We expect that about 4-6 weeks after the peak of the current wave of infections, some children will come to us with symptoms of PIMS, a multi-system inflammatory syndrome. Also, those who passed the disease mildly or even asymptomatically, but were not vaccinated. Myocarditis and multi-organ complications, often requiring ICU treatment, are usually associated with PIMS. We also know more and more about the long-term consequences of COVID-19, previously known as “long-COVID” and now “post-COVID”. These symptoms occur even after a few months, persist for a long time and recur. They are especially dangerous for children because they mean disturbances in the cognitive sphere, lowering intellectual abilities and mood, fatigue, weariness or persistent headaches – lists prof. Figlerowicz.
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