Questions and Answers About the COVID-19 Delta Variant
Here are some answers to your questions about the Covid-19 Delta Variant. If you need additional help call us or visit a location near you.
What are the symptoms of the Delta variant of COVID-19?
The symptoms continue to be symptoms similar to the flu including coughing, congestion, fever, body aches, headache and fatigue. But also, we have had many asymptomatic cases in which the children have just been exposed at camp or daycare. We are currently offering Rapid and PCR COVID-19 testing to our pediatric patients from Newborn to 21 years of age and parents that bring their child in for Covid-19 testing.
Are the number of COVID-19 cases increasing?
We are seeing an increase in positive Covid cases in the office over the last two weeks. We have gone from about 4% positive to around 17% positive now. We continue to offer the Covid vaccine in our office which newer statistics are proving 99% of all deaths and Hospitalizations are in patients that are unvaccinated.
What’s different about the Delta variant?
We are unable to separate out whether it is the Delta variant or the original Covid-19 organism causing the illness. In general, the symptoms are similar. The Delta variant has caused more issues in the elderly (and in those in which they were able to determine was a delta variant are more severe) but since we are unable to separate out which Covid-19 virus we are dealing with it is hard to tell whether the symptoms are worse or the same.
Can COVID-19 affect a newborn baby?
Any age child can get the Covid virus. We have seen a child as young as two months with a positive test. The symptoms are the same across all age groups. They can be either asymptomatic or with full blown viral type symptoms including coughing, congestion, fever, fatigue and body aches.
Is there anything or any medicine for babies if they catch COVID-19?
There is no medication approved for treatment for the Covid virus or any medication to even protect. Basically isolation, vaccination, and continuing to wear masks in high-risk areas are your best source of protection.
What’s a solid rule of thumb when covid test would be necessary?
Your child doesn’t need a covid test every time he/she has a runny nose or a cold.
Basically, our rule of thumb is if the child had any contact or exposure to covid-19, they should be tested.