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“I am deeply concerned by the numbers of hospitalized adolescents and saddened to see the numbers of adolescents who required treatment in intensive care units or mechanical ventilation,” she said in a statement Friday. “Much of this suffering can be prevented.”
Most coronavirus-related hospitalizations happen among older adults, even though severe illness can cause hospitalizations among all age groups. However, researchers have noted that changes to coronavirus mitigation measures and more serious variants could be behind the surge in youth hospitalizations, despite a drop in adolescent hospitalizations in January and February.
“I continue to see promising signs in CDC data that we are nearing the end of this pandemic in this country; however, we all have to do our part and get vaccinated to cross the finish line,” Walensky said.