Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor incorrectly claimed during a hearing on President Biden’s vaccine mandate that 100,000 children in the U.S. with Covid-19 are in ‘serious condition.’
The justice, who was appointed by former President Obama, also stated that Omicron is ‘just as deadly’ as the Delta variant for the unvaccinated. Studies have shown the Omicron variant to be more infectious but less virulent than past strains of Covid-19.
“Omicron is as deadly as delta and causes as much serious disease in the unvaccinated as delta did,” she said. “The numbers—look at the hospitalization rates going up. We have more infected people today than we did a year ago in January. We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators.”
The current number of confirmed pediatric hospitalizations with Covid in the U.S. is 3,342, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services released on Friday.
The average number of children admitted to the hospital per day with Covid was 776 as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the total number of children hospitalized with Covid from August 2020 through January 4, 2022 is 81,923, the CDC states.
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement on Friday that “pediatric hospitalizations are at their highest rate compared to any prior point in the pandemic.” Walensky did acknowledge that CDC data on pediatric Covid hospitalizations included some patients who were admitted to the hospital for a separate issue.