Citing hospitalization of children in Florida, Niagara Region top doc says fight against COVID-19 must be vigilant

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Published August 13, 2021 at 4:50 pm

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Looking at a report out of Florida that said four children under 12 were currently in the Tallahassee hospital with COVID-19, Niagara Region Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr Mustafa Hirji is urging local residents that the fight against the virus must continue to be vigilant.

“Florida is sadly showing us what goes wrong if we throw in the towel to battling COVID-19,” tweeted Hirji. “Their hospitals are full and now children are dying.”

The Tallahassee hospital confirmed yesterday (August 12) that a child under 5 passed away from COVID-19.

To that end, Hirji said, “Let’s all get vaccinated to keep our children safe and get them vaccinated if they are old enough.”

With Governor Ron DeSantis at the helm, Florida is considered to have the most lax COVID-19 restrictions in North America.

Dr. Tom Truman, a pediatric critical care physician at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, told reporters yesterday that the Delta variant is “a different beast,” the same thing Hirji has been saying for months.

To that end, Florida medical officials have been pushing for students to wear face masks when they return to class.

“Will the mask prevent the spread of every single case? No, nothing can do that,” Truman said. “But will it mitigate and have the kids have a better chance of staying safe while staying in school? I think absolutely.”

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