DOCTORS have stated hospital wards are usually not full of youngsters with coronavirus following “irresponsible” claims made by a nurse in a radio interview.
It comes amid concern over the unfold of the brand new pressure of coronavirus all through the UK and the influence it’s anticipated to have on the nation’s hospital wards within the coming weeks.
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Paediatric matron Laura Duffell stated some London hospitals had ‘entire wards of youngsters with Covid’Credit score: Fb
Paediatrician Dr Ronny Cheung took to twitter to counter the claimsCredit score: Twitter
He stated Covid was ‘rife in hospitals, however not amongst youngsters’
As we speak noticed the UK file its largest daily jump in instances for the reason that begin of the pandemic, with 57,725 constructive assessments reported.
The very best an infection charges are in London and the southeast, with stories suggesting that intensive care wards throughout the capital at the moment are working at or close to capability.
A report from Imperial School London has additionally recommended that the brand new pressure of coronavirus seems to be spreading shortly amongst youngsters – though there isn’t any proof to counsel the signs they expertise are any extra extreme.
Talking to BBC Radio 5 Dwell yesterday, Laura Duffell, a paediatric matron at a London hospital, stated: “It was minimally affecting youngsters within the first wave.
“We’ve got an entire ward of youngsters right here, and I do know that a few of my colleagues are in the identical place, the place they’ve entire wards of youngsters with Covid.”
Dr Ronny Cheung is a paediatrician who additionally serves as a consultant for little one well being on the Nationwide Institute for Well being and Care Excellence (NICE) Indicators Advisory Committee
Taking to twitter to respond to the interview, he wrote: “I have been the on name advisor in a London youngsters’s hospital this week.
“That is merely not true, and irresponsible within the excessive – frightens mother and father, fuels covid-deniers.
“Covid is rife in hospitals, however not amongst youngsters. We’ve got sufficient to cope with with out this rubbish.”
Dr Cheung later stated he didn’t imply to accuse Ms Duffell of mendacity, however stated it was “crucial [her comments are] not misconstrued for anxious mother and father”.
“Anybody who makes use of [my comments] to disclaim covid/ cry conspiracy can get stuffed,” he stated.
“I am additionally not saying youngsters don’t get covid, nor that the brand new pressure will not be extra simply unfold (we do not know for certain but).
“However they aren’t all getting severely in poor health and being admitted in nice swathes, and that’s corroborated by my colleagues throughout London.”
CHILDREN’S WARDS ‘OFTEN BUSY IN WINTER’
Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal School of Paediatrics and Little one Well being, additionally sought to refute the claims.
“Youngsters’s wards are often busy in winter,” he stated in an announcement.
“As of now we’re not seeing important stress from Covid-19 in paediatrics throughout the UK.
“As instances in the neighborhood rise there can be a small enhance within the variety of youngsters we see with Covid-19, however the overwhelming majority of youngsters and younger folks don’t have any signs or very delicate sickness solely.
“The brand new variant seems to have an effect on all ages and, as but, we’re not seeing any better severity amongst youngsters and younger folks.”
Responding to criticism on-line, Ms Duffell later stated on twitter: “I am not making an attempt to scare folks.
“However folks ought to know that this wave shouldn’t be remoted to the older era.
“If I save a single life via making folks suppose twice earlier than mixing with others absolutely it’s price sharing what we’re coping with day in day trip in hospitals.”
Professor Russell Viner stated youngsters’s wards have been often busy in winterCredit score: Rex Options
Studies counsel intensive care wards throughout London are working at or close to capabilityCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation