Flatland: 10 Things KC Doctors Want You to Know About the Recent COVID Surge
By Vicky Diaz-Camacho
Kansas City-area chief medical officers, infectious disease doctors and physicians united Dec. 17 to send an urgent message: help bend the curve. Their hospitals are full.
They’ve seen coronavirus cases nearly triple compared to last year, spurred by the delta variant and, they predict, will be worsened by the omicron variant.
Dr. Jennifer Watts, chief emergency management medical officer at Children’s Mercy, emphasized that COVID doesn’t only affect young people's physical health but also their mental health, as well as development and nutrition status.
This is why masking up in schools is important, she added.
“We do know masks work,” Watts said. “It scares all of us in the pediatric world that we’re going to see schools shut down and see so many kids out of school. We have a big plea to keep masking as much as possible.”
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