Brace yourself for more reported cases of the Omicron variant, unfortunately in children.
This is according to Senior Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist at the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA), Dr Joanne Paul, who said the ministry is predicting a three-to-fivefold increase in children being hospitalised in the coming weeks with the newly circulating variant.
Paul said trends reported internationally suggest that children with Omicron experienced symptoms such as sore throat, fever and upper respiratory issues.
With fever, the most common symptom, children also presented with fever fits, sore throats and increase in Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) and croup she said.
Additionally, Paul said obesity was the major risk factor for children who presented with the Omicron variant.
She also said children who had sickle cell disease were at major risk when they presented with this variant.
Breaking down the differences noted in children who contracted the Delta variant compared to those who contracted the Omicron variant, Paul added: “What we’re seeing so far, aside from the normal symptoms, it’s very similar to Delta, we’ve seen so far a few differences though, we’re seeing much more muscle pain.
And significantly, we’ve seen sore throat as one of the major factors with the Omicron variant such that the throat might be sore for about five to seven days.