Child leaves hospital after covid care

13.10.2021 - 10:27
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[UPDATED] The two-year-old child admitted to Landspítali national university hospital with COVID-19 complications in mid-September has been allowed home after three weeks of in-patient care. The child was moved back into intensive care at least twice during that time.

Valtýr Thors, infectious diseases specialist at the Barnaspítali Hringsins children’s unit, says the toddler has now fully recovered from pneumonia that was caused by COVID-19 infection. Bacterial infections like pneumonia are quite common following various viral infections, and the infections can sometimes be serious and require extensive hospital care.

Until 15th September, no child in Iceland had required hospital treatment due to COVID-19, but then two minors were admitted on the same day. The older was a teenage boy who was discharged again within several days.

Children too young for vaccination make up less than 15 percent of the population but represent over 40 percent of those in isolation with active infection today. A total of three children have received in-patient care to date. The third, admitted later in September, was also a teenager.

There are currently four covid patients in hospital in Iceland overall, including one in intensive care. 

This article has been updated with the latest hospitalisation data which was released at 11.00 this morning.

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