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COVID-19 Update – Friday, December 17, 2021

By December 17, 2021December 30th, 2021No Comments

Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,

Dear parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,

We continually strive to provide you with the most up to date information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for pandemic-related updates including vaccine statistics, omicron variant updates, the pandemic’s effect on mental health, and more.


200 Million Americans Fully Vaccinated

The AP reports that more than 200 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This good news is tempered by rising cases of disease, hospitalization and death across the country.  “The increases are due almost entirely to the delta variant, though the omicron mutation has been detected in about 20 states and is sure to spread even more.”

Reuters reports that the U.S. has now surpassed 800,000 deaths due to COVID.

“Even with vaccines widely and freely available, the country has lost more lives to the virus this year than in 2020 due to the more contagious Delta variant and people refusing to get inoculated against COVID-19.”

PPP urges you to remain vigilant as you travel and gather with family over the holidays.  Continue to wear masks and avoid large, indoor gatherings when possible.  If your child has fever, cough or other symptoms, they should stay at home.


Omicron Update

  • A recent study from South Africa found that “the new omicron variant of the coronavirus is substantially more contagious and reduces the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Fortunately, “the variant so far seems to produce mostly mild disease.”  For now, the Delta variant remains predominant in the U.S., with less than 3% of infections due to Omicron, though that is expected to increase rapidly.

  • “White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said recently that currently available booster shots work against the omicron variant of Covid-19 and do not need to be adjusted to fight the new, highly contagious strain of the virus at this time.”


PPP recommends the COVID booster for everyone 16 and older and are happy to provide it at our office for patients and their parents.

  • Business Insider reports on the recommendation that COVID tests should be done hours before travelling or gathering with family, rather than 1-2 days.

“People who catch the new Omicron variant become infectious much quicker than those with Delta, early data from the UK indicates. Testing too early could allow for cases to be missed, experts have cautioned.”


Generation Z Most Stressed by Pandemic

Gen Z is feeling the stresses of the pandemic more than any other age group, according to a U.S. survey released recently.”

“Higher proportions of Americans between ages 13 and 24 say the pandemic has made their education, career goals and social lives more difficult, compared with millennials and Gen X. Nearly half of those in the Gen Z age group said the pandemic had made their schooling and career aspirations tougher…and about 45 percent of Gen Z respondents said maintaining ties with friends was harder, and 40 percent said their romantic relationships had become more difficult.”


AAP President Talks with Young Kids about the COVID Vaccine

In a recent Tweet from the White House, Lee Beers addresses questions from children 5-11.


Risk of Heart Condition Greater From Illness Than From Vaccine

“COVID-19 infections are more likely to trigger rare cardiovascular complications such as heart inflammation and irregular heartbeat than vaccines, a recent British study showed, after scientists parsed data of about 38 million vaccinated people.

See – Reuters: Higher risk of heart complications from COVID-19 than vaccines -study

“The study, led by Oxford University researchers, found an increased risk of myocarditis with first doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer vaccines and both doses of Moderna’s shot, but the risk was much higher after a COVID-19 infection.”

This study evaluated adults 16 and older.  We will be on the lookout for similar studies on children under 16.


Post-Vaccine Myocarditis in Children Resolves Quickly

“Myocarditis is a rare but serious condition that’s most often triggered by an infection and/or inflammation caused by a virus.

The CDC has said there appears to be a link between mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis, particularly in people under 39 years of age.  To learn more, researchers analyzed data from 139 12- to 20-year-olds in the United States and Canada who had probable or confirmed myocarditis within a month of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.”

See – UPI: Study: Young people recover quickly from COVID-19 vaccine heart side effect

“These data suggest that most cases of suspected COVID-19 vaccine-related myocarditis in people younger than 21 are mild and resolve quickly,” said the study’s author.


Anorexia Increasing During the Pandemic

A new study “shows there was an almost 66 percent jump per month in anorexia diagnoses among girls between the ages of 9 to 18 years during the first wave of the pandemic.”

In addition, “the number of hospitalizations for newly diagnosed anorexia patients nearly tripled compared with pre-pandemic rates.

Previous studies have found an association between stressful events and exacerbations in eating disorder symptoms.  During the pandemic, adults with an eating disorder experienced worsening symptoms that were associated with increased anxiety, social isolation, and reduced contact with their treatment teams. Also, the lack of distractions and constant exposure to stressful messages on social media were additional stressors.”


Big Bird Talks About his COVID Vaccine

In this video, Big Bird and Granny Bird share their experience with the COVID-19 vaccines and remind parents that the vaccines are the best way to protect our kids, friends, neighbors and families.


We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.

Peachtree Park Pediatrics

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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment.  The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.

Peachtree Park Pediatrics
3193 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 250
Atlanta, Georgia 30327