Children’s deaths are a reminder to do everything possible to prevent COVID-19 infection, doctor says

“It’s tragic that it happens”
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Published: Feb. 23, 2022 at 3:43 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2022 at 11:26 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The deaths of three children, including two under the age of five, during the Omicron surge in Louisiana should serve as a tragic reminder to parents, a pediatric disease specialist said.

“It’s a reminder that although children do better than adults with COVID, there are still serious infections that occur and some deaths,” said Willis-Knighton Health System’s Dr. Joseph Bocchini.

To date, 21 children have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Health Department.

The three who died within the past week also included one between the ages of 5 and 17. Another nine children died as a result of being infected with COVID-19′s Delta variant.

“It’s tragic that it happens,” Bocchini said. “But I think it tells us that it’s really important for our children to follow the mitigation strategies that we have to try and reduce contact with COVID and to do everything we can to prevent infection.”

“That is very scary, especially with having kids,” said Creneshia Cogbill.

Cogbill has a toddler of her own and says she is taking every precaution to keep her little one safe.

“My son is one and honestly I just keep him away from everybody, keep his hands clean, and when we’re out I don’t let him touch anything because of course around that age hands are always in the face, mouth, and in the eyes,” she said.

Bocchini said as cases decline for adults, we must not forget about those who can’t get vaccinated.

“We know this virus is worse than influenza. Nearly 900 children have died in the past few years across this country due to COVID-19,” he said.

“That’s much higher than we expect in a bad influenza year.”

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