COVID-19 hospitalization rates 2.5 to 3 times more than for the flu, according to CDC study

Nearly one third of those that were hospitalized were admitted into an intensive care unit.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Teen hospitalization rates from COVID-19 were up across the U.S. between March and April of 2021.

That’s according to a CDC study.

And nearly one third of those that were hospitalized were admitted into an intensive care unit.

Hospitalization rates are 2.5 to 3 times more than flu hospitalizations as compared to the three most recent flu seasons.

“We had populations of pre-adolescents and adolescents as well as younger children that were not yet protected or immune to infection that were now having activities like school, sports,” said Gundersen Health System pediatrician Dr. Raj Naik.

There were no deaths among teens during the study.

More details on the study are available here.