As pediatric COVID cases rise, more kids in DC area getting respiratory infections

There’s an increased number of respiratory illnesses among children in the D.C. region, according to a pediatric emergency medicine doctor who said they include common ailments in addition to COVID-19.

“Respiratory illnesses includes anything from a simple cough and cold, all the way up through very severe pneumonia or bad cases of COVID, which I’m sure is on people’s mind,” said Dr. Sarah Combs, pediatric emergency medicine attending and Director of Outreach for the emergency room at Children’s National Hospital.