Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, made the surprising admission on Wednesday that children across the nation who have been touted as COVID-19 admissions to the hospital were at the facility for other reasons.
According to Fauci, the children are being tenet to the hospital for other reasons but tested for COVID-19 and found to be positive upon admission, according to The Daily Caller.
Fauci made his comments on The Rachel Maddow show Wednesday evening when he was questioned about what appears to be an increase in hospitalizations of children with COVID-19.
Reports have seemed to indicate that the Omicron variant has surged across the nation, while deaths for coronavirus overall have remained stagnate.
When questioned about the increase in child hospitalizations, Fauci said, “Quantitatively, you’re having so many more people, including children, who are getting infected.
“And even though hospitalization among children is much much lower on a percentage basis than hospitalizations for adults, particularly elderly individuals,” the doctor said about Omicron hospitalizations in minors.
“However, when you have such a large volume of infections among children, even with a low level of rate of infection, you’re gonna still see a lot more children who get hospitalized.”
“But the other important thing, is that if you look at the children who are hospitalized, many of them are hospitalized with COVID, as opposed to because of COVID,” he continued.
“And what we mean by that, if a child goes in the hospital, they automatically get tested for COVID, and they get counted as a COVID hospitalized individual. When in fact, they may go in for a broken leg or appendicitis or something like that.”
“So it’s overcounting the number of children who are quote hospitalized with COVID as opposed to because of COVID,” Fauci said.
Dr. Paul Offit of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia told NBC News Tuesday that he wasn’t seeing a real increase in child hospitalizations because of the virus:
“We test anybody who’s admitted to the hospital for whatever reason to see whether or not they have Covid, and we’re definitely seeing an increase in cases. However, we’re really not seeing an increase in children who are hospitalized for Covid or in the intensive care unit for Covid,” he said.