KSHB 41: Kansas City-area pediatricians chat COVID-19, delta variant, back to school
By Dia Wall
The surge in the COVID-19 delta variant has given parents something new to consider as students across the metro prepare to head back to school.
KSHB 41 News Anchor Dia Wall sat down for a cup of coffee and an open conversation with:
- Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician with Pediatric Associates's Overland Park location.
- Dr. Angela Myers, an infectious diseases doctor at Children's Mercy Hospital.
- Dr. Marion Pierson, a private practice pediatrician.
All of the women and mothers shared that they are fully vaccinated, and all of their children are eligible to be vaccinated.
Wall asked the doctors about the topic of vaccine safety.
Myers weighed in on why the delta variant is concerning to her and other doctors.
"The delta variant is on steroids," Myers said. "It is even more contagious than the first variant we saw back in the spring, and I think that's the reason there's so much discussion about this. The virus has mutated because we've allowed it to grow and divide, unchecked because we have low vaccination rates, because we've kind of come back together without masks. We've allowed that spread to happen and we've allowed the virus to mutate, and every time that virus mutates, it becomes more contagious. It also has the potential to become more deadly."
Each of the doctors told KSHB 41 News that they share their own family vaccination status with patients.
According to the pediatricians, most of the children who become severely ill from COVID-19 have underlying immune-compromising conditions or other health issues.
Myers also said there aren't just COVID-19 at Children's Mercy Hospital.
"We're having a huge influx of other respiratory viruses," Myers said. "We're seeing a ton of RSV. We're seeing a pair of influenza. We're seeing rhinovirus. We generally don't see those viruses at this time of year."
All of the doctors support universal masking in the classroom this year.
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