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As COVID cases begin to rise, Children’s Mercy in Kansas City also notices flu in children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Children’s Mercy Hospital reported 18 positive cases of COVID-19 last week and another 8 this week.

“We have also seen increased cases in our community,” said Infectious Diseases Division Director Dr Angela Myers. “The number of outpatients has increased in terms of positive cases since Thanksgiving.”

Now, the omicron variant is also a threat.

“The initial data seems to be that this variant is more contagious, which is not surprising because each variant that we had was more contagious,” Myers said. “It doesn’t seem to make the disease worse, which is a good thing. It is expected that this variant, the omicron variant, will become the more common strain in Europe in the next few weeks to months. So we’ll see what happens here in the United States. ”

Myers is worried that with COVID-19, delta and omicron variants spread plus influenza, there will be co-infections. She noted that cases have appeared between adults and children.

“We had two positive cases of Influenza last week at Children Mercy, which prompted us to start routine testing yesterday,” Myers said.

While masks are still a sensitive topic in schools, Myers said school districts should do the right thing and restore the authority of masks.

“Some schools in some counties have continued to require masks in schools, which really helps to reduce the spread of infections, whether it’s the flu or COVID,” she said. “It’s the right thing to do to minimize illness, but others have chosen to go a different route or voluntarily, in which case we will see more infections spread.”

https://fox4kc.com/news/childrens-mercy-hospital-seeing-increase-in-covid-and-flu-cases-since-thanksgiving/ As COVID cases begin to rise, Children’s Mercy in Kansas City also notices flu in children

JACLYN DIAZ

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