The COVID Digest, 15Oct2021
Pediatric COVID-19 deaths
Readers, as things continue to look better for Georgia (see below), I’m going to mostly take this week off from writing.
The one piece of data I want to point out is that Georgia had two newly reported pediatric deaths this week, in a 13 year old boy from Floyd county and a 17 year old boy from Upson county. If we look at all the pediatric deaths from COVID-19 to date (n = 20), the deaths highlighted in yellow below are ones that were reported during the delta wave (n = 9). That’s a pretty big jump in a relatively short period of time. It’s mind blowing to think that 45% of the pediatric deaths to date for a pandemic that’s been happening for 19 months far happened in the last 3 months alone. Delta was intense.
Have a great week!
Unless otherwise noted, the source data for all of these graphs is from the Georgia Department of Public Health daily status report and the Georgia Geospatial Information Office COVID-19 Data Hub. Many thanks to the public health data heroes at these organizations for providing these data to the public on a near-daily basis. Not all states offer this level of transparency.
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My Ph.D. is in Medical Microbiology and Immunology and I am Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Saint Mary. I've worked at places like Creighton University, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Mercer University School of Medicine. All thoughts are my professional opinion, do not represent the views or opinions of my employer and should not be considered medical advice.