US Schools Shut Down Amid Rising Illnesses, Over 100 Pediatric Deaths Reported

US Schools Shut Down Amid Rising Illnesses
US Schools Shut Down Amid Rising Illnesses

United States: Illnesses across the United States have increased the threat and concerns. With an increase in the number of cases linked to illnesses, especially among the young population, schools have been closed in order to prevent the spread.

A similar step was taken by the management and authority of the Marion Public School, which has closed the schools for the remaining week. The major reason behind the closure was an increase in illnesses among staff and students, according to Superintendent Danyel Prielipp.

According to the information shared by Prielipp, the count of absentees was “concerning.” He also underlined that some of the classrooms only had just five (5) students.

Steps taken by the school authorities!

The management of the school has mentioned that after such high number of cases were reported, the buildings were cleaned and sanitized in order to reduce the spread of illnesses.

According to the reports, school activities will commence on Monday.

More than 100 pediatric deaths have been reported in the US

The concerns have been raised after the United States reported more than 100 pediatric deaths during the ongoing flu season. The stats were shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

According to the federal health agency, the number of pediatric deaths has reached up to 103, which is not a seasonal record, according to reports by NBC News.

While children with pre-existing health conditions face a higher risk of severe consequences due to the flu, the most recent CDC data serves as a poignant reminder that influenza can prove devastating for any child.

In this regard, the Head of the CDC’s domestic influenza surveillance team – Alicia Budd said, “This is certainly sobering information, but it’s not something necessarily unexpected.”

As per Budd, more than half of the children who succumbed had no medical history before getting infected with an infection.

Despite apparent peaks in cases nationwide, it’s crucial to recognize that the flu season is still ongoing. According to the CDC’s estimations, the country has witnessed a staggering 28 million flu illnesses, leading to 310,000 hospitalizations in the current year. Alongside the unfortunate toll of 103 pediatric deaths, approximately 20,000 others have succumbed to the flu.

While addressing the concern, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky – Dr. Kristina Bryant, stated, “There is a popular misconception among families that flu is just another cold virus and that it’s no big deal,” according to NBC News.

He added, “I have taken care of kids who are critically ill in the intensive care unit with flu. I’ve taken care of kids who have ultimately died from the flu. And almost universally, their parents tell me, ‘I had no idea that flu could do this to my child.’”

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