Children are now being hospitalized in record numbers across the United States, and doctors are warning that it could get worse as schools begin to reopen and the swift-moving coronavirus delta variant drives cases higher.

New Covid hospital admissions for kids have reached their highest levels since the U.S. started tracking pediatric cases about a year ago, peaking at an average of 303 new admissions per day over the week ended Aug. 22, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows.

Since most students aren’t old enough to get the shots, doctors and epidemiologists say they fear the surge in Covid hospitalizations could get worse unless more kids get vaccinated and school districts mandate masks and other safety precautions in class.

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