Rising Covid Teen Hospitalizations Reflect New Variants, Gottlieb Says
Dr Scott Gottlieb highlighted highly transmissible variants of Covid-19 on Friday as a potential cause behind an increase in adolescent hospitalizations with the virus in March and April.
“It is concerning, the trends in hospitalizations” among adolescents, said Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration under the Trump administration. “I think this is a reflection of the newer, more contagious variants.”
“We find that these variants are more contagious in all age groups, so they affect adults more, but they also affect children more, so you see more children contracting symptomatic Covid and more children are hospitalized. , as a consequence of that, especially B. 117, “Gottlieb told CNBC “The News with Shepard Smith.”
Variant B. 117 is currently the most prevalent strain in the United States, with 20,915 reported cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the first three months of the year, CDC researchers found that nearly a third of teens hospitalized with Covid needed admission to an intensive care unit. During this time, 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation. Granted, CDC data shows that no teenager in the United States has died from Covid in the first quarter of 2021.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Friday urged parents to vaccinate their teens against Covid, citing more teens hospitalized with Covid.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and serves on the boards of directors of Pfizer, genetic testing startup Tempus, health technology company Aetion Inc., and biotech company Illumina.