“I’ve had several cases of infants who have had COVID meningitis,” Dr. Vierra said. She says the babies battling COVID-19 often need oxygen, and their COVID-19 becomes COVID pneumonia, or COVID meningitis. READ ALSO: Valley health experts push for vaccinations as Mu COVID-19 variant detected in Hidalgo County
READ ALSO: Hidalgo County reports 13 coronavirus-related deaths, 312 positive cases “As far as neonatal cases, a lot of that has to do with the lack of facial coverings or taking their infants out and about in the community to stores,” Dr. Vierra said.
Dr. Vierra says young children have decreased immunity, and can’t handle exposure to COVID-19, especially since they can’t be vaccinated. While Dr. Vierra couldn’t provide Channel 5 News with any specific numbers, she did say it’s gone from being something very rare to something she sees almost daily—even in very young children.
Hidalgo County reported 81 children between the ages of 0-11 tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
“So later on in life, will they have problems with developmental delay, any learning disorders, any hearing loss? It’s hard to tell right now,” Dr. Vierra said. Dr. Vierra says it’s unclear what this could mean for children’s long-term health.
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