Again tonight both NBC and ABC news reported “record numbers” of childhood COVID hospitalizations. Urgent messages about this problem were presented from physicians at leading children hospitals across the country. I was concerned as I was two days ago when I first saw similar reports.
However, when I looked at today’s actual numbers the data did not match the hype. Nationally, hospitalizations of children diagnosed with COVID are at slightly increased numbers, but many of them are not being treated for COVID!
In Michigan, we have gone from 97 children hospitalized at the beginning of the week to 107 reported in hospitals today (table below). Again, this is pediatric patients diagnosed with COVID, not actually being treated for COVID.
In contrast, over 4,400 adults are admitted to Michigan hospitals diagnosed with COVID-19.
The idea of sick children always gets your attention. Unfortunately, statements like “record highs” and “double the numbers of last month” are meaningless unless you are also given the exact numbers.