EYE TEST NEWS (WBRE / WYOU) – A nationwide surge in COVID cases is making parents concerned about their children’s health.
Eyewitness News spoke to a pediatrician about how children are affected by the virus.
Officials with the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) say if a child has cold symptoms, there is a 20 to 30 percent chance they will test positive for COVID.
“In the last month we have seen a significant increase in the number of cases in all age groups and are essentially almost twice as high as in September. It is the biggest high point in children that we have seen during the entire pandemic, ”explained Dr. Nathan Hagstrom, chairman of pediatrics, Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Dr. LVHN’s Hagstrom says they test more than 1,500 children a week for COVID, many with mild symptoms.
“Most children have cold symptoms. Cold, cough, fever, “said Dr. Hagstrom.
He explained why he believes the cases are increasing so quickly.
“I think one factor is cold weather, which not only favors cold weather, but also pushes people into the house more,” said Dr. Hagstrom.
Dr. Hagstrom says another factor is the Christmas season, which brings many households under one roof.
Bianca Deaza has a daughter in daycare and says she and her family were quarantined for 10 days after being notified that a possible COVID case was in the care facility.
“It was the perfect storm that she had a cold at the time and it was very scary to deal with. In the end we called the pediatrician and they tested them for Covid and luckily it was negative, “said Deaza.
Dr. Hagstrom says it’s better to play it safe. If your child has cold-like symptoms, he recommends testing them for COVID.