KIDS HOSPITALIZATIONS—hospitalizations are ~2-3 times more than back in the winter months with #COVID19 in Arkansas. “We are seeing more and more kids admitted because of their COVID infection”. This is #DeltaVariant. Let’s vax and mask to protect kids.🧵…
2) “Previously most children that were admitted were incidentally found to be COVID positive. They weren’t admitted because of COVID—some other reason. Now we’re seeing more and more children admitted because of their COVID infection—primary reason for their hospital admission."
3) “The most serious cases are those who are adolescents or “tweens.”
"They’re the ones that are in the ICU that have COVID-pneumonia and are requiring significant support," Barr said.
The hospital has not admitted a child that has been vaccinated.
4) “About half the children are in that category: old enough to be vaccinated but have not received the vaccine yet," Barr said. 

Dr. Barr says they are seeing a few hospitalizations but not serious reactions in babies and toddlers between the ages of one to three.
5) “many younger people are foregoing vaccinations because they “feel they can get through it.”… but “They are not factoring in #LongCOVID— last for months and could be permanent: shortness of breath, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression, brain fog, loss in smell and taste.”
6) the #DeltaVariant is nearing total domination. Delta is COVID on steroids. I kid you not.
7) Amid #DeltaVariant tripling across US, we have to think ahead to September and what it means for schools— we will need to mandate masks.
8) Meanwhile 1 in 7 school kids are absent last week in England due to COVID reasons. Quite a surge lately.
9) please please please don’t forget #LongCovidKids. Kids transmit- don’t let naysayers claim otherwise.
10) I’m sorry, but orphaned children is not okay @BorisJohnson @sajidjavid — but yet 1.5 mil kids and ~8500 UK 🇬🇧 kids were orphaned by #COVID19 so far in the pandemic. Your decision to callously reopen will hurt future generations.
11) sobering—sink in—For every 2 adults who die due to #COVID19, 1 child is left without a family-caregiver.
12) "The Delta variant is different” says Dr. Rick Barr of Arkansas Children's Health System. "We have 12 children admitted to the hospital now with Covid— seem to be much sicker. Most are teens, and a number of them are in the ICU & have Covid pneumonia."
13) Pediatric #COVID19 cases also surging much faster in the new #DeltaVariant wave versus the previous second wave.
14) 87% increase in COVID in kids <12! Cmon Florida- way to fail to protect our most vulnerable kids @RonDeSantisFL.

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HT @PedroFacon @mdc_martinus.…
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3) “Until we recognise that #COVID19 is airborne we are setting ourselves up for repeated failure”
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2) here is her quote - “every Chinese loyal to CCP” is very vague. I’m absolutely no fan of CCP, but how would she even define that. What about Chinese-American? This is white supremacy.
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