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Jan 3, 2022

Paediatric COVID Cases: The Unvaccinated and Overweight Minors at Risk

The capacity for the COVID unit at the K.H.M.H. is twenty-seven, but with the available human resources, the unit can best care for eighteen patients at any given time. As it currently stands, there are sixteen persons in the COVID unit; about seven of those persons are minors. Doctor Andre Sosa also says that the younger, obese population are more at risk, and the increase is concerning with the reopening of schools next week.


Dr. Andre Sosa, Chairman, K.H.M.H.A.

“I think it is noteworthy that with this rush that we saw over the weekend that at least six or eight of the patients were minors, under eighteen years of age, so it already tells us that the younger population is now more susceptible. Certainly, we continue to see the person with co-morbidities and the unvaccinated coming in, but also now we have younger individuals which is sort of worrisome particularly since we are on the brink of school reopening and given the fact of course that the under twelve still are not being vaccinated. So, that is something that the experts will have to grapple with.”


Dr. Andre Sosa

Marleni Cuellar, Host, Open Your Eyes

“I’ve seen reports in the U.S. where they are seeing more hospitalisations in children, so it is interesting that you note that here as well. And we are still seeing younger persons getting hospitalised as well, we started to see that with delta or too early to tell.”


Dr. Andre Sosa

“Yes and it would be primarily the obese, younger individual, so that’s a big risk factor.”

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