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Latest on COVID and Omicron

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

COVID and Mental Health

As the COVID pandemic continues, we need to emphasize the importance of observing and reporting any suspicious behavior in our youth. As of December 8th, 2021, 38 children’s hospitals across the United States were surveyed, reporting a significant rise in the number of suicide and self-harm attempts. Compared to 2016, there was a 47% increase in cases for children between 5 and 8 years old and a 182% increase in those from 9 to 12 years old. This is a devastating statistic to grasp, emphasizing the importance of recognizing early signs of depression. If you are ever concerned for the safety of a child in your care, never hesitate to dial 911. Some behavioral changes to monitor include but are not limited to:

· Lack of appetite

· Loss of interest in activities

· Decreased interaction with classmates

· Increased level of sadness or quietness

· Decreased energy

· Suicidal ideations

While COVID-19 is not the cause of most mental health issues we see today, the social isolation and fear associated with this pandemic has allowed mental illnesses to surface. Unfortunately, the CDC suspects a large wave of infections by January 2022, highlighting the importance of open discussions with children, letting them know that they are not alone.

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COVID19 Omicron Variant

In terms of COVID-19 Omicron variant, roughly 33% of the United States Population is infected with this variant. However, the number of cases caused by Omicron is continuing to rise due to the rapid spread of this variant and