The World Health Organization (WHO) published the first Omikron mortality report in December. It turned out that it was not the cause of a single death in 38 countries already dealing with the new variety. However, the risk should not be underestimated, because a few weeks after the publication of the research, the first deaths among those infected with omicron have already been recorded. So far, 193 infections with the new virus version have been detected in Poland. There were also two deaths in unvaccinated men aged 92 and 85. It should be noted, however, that the new variety is not typical only for the elderly, because cases of infections were also detected in children.
A new symptom of omicron in children
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So far, the most common symptoms of omicron infection in children include: increased temperature, headaches and muscle aches, runny nose and general fatigue. Some patients also complained of abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea.
American doctors drew attention to a new symptom of omicron infection in children, which is a strong, tiring cough. It is very distinctive, wheezing and resembles “barking”. It has been compared to one of the characteristic symptoms of acute subglottic laryngitis, commonly known as croup.
Krup is a respiratory disease caused by a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, causing laryngeal edema which may cause difficulty in breathing. Symptoms of croup include: “barking” cough, wheezing and hoarseness. Symptoms of this condition usually worsen at night. They can be mild and moderate, but can also be really serious and life-threatening. In severe cases, hospitalization is required. The croup affects about 15 percent. children from six months to six years of age. It rarely occurs in older children and adults.
According to Buddy Creech, pediatric infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee (USA), the fact that covid coughing differs between children and adults is anatomy-dependent.
Small children’s airways are narrow, so obstruction is very easy. When it becomes inflamed, the baby makes a characteristic noise when breathing, and his cough is similar to that made by a dog or a seal
– says the expert quoted by the Medonet.pl portal.
As results from the findings so far, the narrowing of the upper respiratory tract may also be related to the fact that the omicron is deposited higher than the previous variants that attacked the lower respiratory tract (mainly the lungs).
According to doctors, a wheezing, barking cough in children should raise their parents’ alertness. However, they note that any infection in a child under the age of 5 requires a medical consultation.