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COVID-19 Update – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

By October 20, 2021October 29th, 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 the latest vaccine updates, complications from COVID infection during pregnancy, how the pandemic may affect children’s sleep, and more.


Vaccine Updates

“The study, which included nearly 500 people, found that the J&J shot followed by one of the mRNA vaccines as a booster produced a stronger immune response than two doses of J&J. “

“Those eligible for the extra shot would include people over 65 and other adults considered at high risk — the same groups now eligible for a Pfizer booster.”


COVID Complication During Pregnancy

Two recent studies showed that “pregnant women who develop COVID-19 symptoms risk emergency complications and other problems with their pregnancies.”

“The first study showed that pregnant women with symptomatic Covid-19 had a higher percentage of emergency complications when compared to those who tested positive but didn’t have symptoms.

The study also found that babies born to these symptomatic mothers were much more likely to need oxygen support and more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit.

In the second study, researchers “saw significant health differences between the women who had COVID-19 and those who did not.  The increased risk of problems was nearly 20% higher for women who had COVID-19 symptoms, and 14% higher for people with asymptomatic COVID-19.”

The CDC, AAP and ACOG all confirm that the COVID vaccine is safe and effective during pregnancy.  PPP recommends the vaccine for all pregnant women and nursing mothers.


2020 Was a Very Mild Cold and Flu Season

A new study confirms what we experience at PPP, that “social distancing and mask mandates during the pandemic nearly eliminated cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children.”

“The findings suggest that social distancing and mask mandates are effective ways to reduce the rates of potentially serious infections like influenza and RSV in children, the researchers concluded.”


How to Talk to Younger Children About Getting the Vaccine

CNN offers advice from a Pediatrics communications expert on talking to children 5-11 years old about getting the COVID vaccine.

“As far as kids are concerned, this is just one more vaccine, one more shot. How they react is going to be very largely — if not completely — dependent on how the adults in their lives frame the experience. If we are expressing concern, skepticism or worry, they’re absolutely going to pick up on that. If we’re expressing confidence and relief, they’re going to pick up on that as well. And children are always listening, even when we think they aren’t.”


How has the Pandemic Impacted Children’s Sleep?

While “adults may be suffering from “coronasomnia” — increased levels of sleeplessness, nightmares, and other sleep troubles — during the pandemic” recent studies indicate that children may be less effected.

“Pandemic-related sleep studies in children have not shown a clear trend of insomnia.  For some kids, the increased flexibility that came with virtual school helped boost sleep quality, explained Ingram. Better sleep overall, including getting more sleep and sleeping later, have been reported in studies done in various pediatric age-groups.  And adolescents experienced less “social jet lag” — weekday-weekend differences in their sleep schedules — during the pandemic.”


Children Can Carry High “Viral Load”

A recent study showed that “young people who get COVID-19 can carry high levels of the virus and spread it to others even if they show no symptoms.”

“Researchers found that infants, children and teens were equally capable of carrying high levels of live, replicating COVID virus in their respiratory secretions.

That most kids have no symptoms or only mild ones gave way to a misconception that they were less infectious. This study, however, found that young people’s viral loads were highest early in the illness. And they were no different from those of adults.”


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