Siouxland pediatricians see uptick in non-COVID-19 illnesses | SiouxlandProud | Sioux City, IA

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Businesses are opening and travel is starting to resume, which may be good for the economy, but not so much when it comes to your health.

“We just constantly wipe things down, like after they’ve been used,” said Samantha Little, the director of the Little Lambs Preschool and Child Care Center.

Little treated with children first hand, even during the pandemic. She said some of schools’ COVID-driven policies have been repealed in recent weeks.

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“We didn’t wear face masks, we slowly started letting parents come back into the building. Before that was, no, they had to drop them off at the entrance, we’d screen their temperatures and they’d come in when they were okay,” Little said. .

So with more close contact and a faster spread of germs, local health centers said they are doing everything they can to stop the spread of disease.

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“We still do daily cleaning of toys, cots, and blankets that are sent home,” Little says. “We used to clean once or twice a month, and now it’s three times a week, if not more,” Little says.

Across the country, there were only 2,038 flu cases during the season from September 27, 2020 to April 24, 2021. According to the CDC, the agency estimated that about 38 million people had flu during the past season. That is about 35 thousand fewer cases during the pandemic.

Now several pediatricians say they are seeing an increase in illnesses caused by viruses other than COVID-19, likely due to more people going out and having close contacts.

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“We’ll keep an eye on it,” Little said. “We still do daily temporary screenings, we don’t log them but we screen them.”

According to the CDC, the best way to avoid colds is to touch your face, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and stay away from people who aren’t feeling well.

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