Delta variant and kids: What parents need to know
We spoke with infectious-disease specialists about how to handle this widespread variant. Here are their answers to our questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How dangerous is the delta variant for children?
- How can I protect my tweens or teens, if they are vaccinated or if they aren’t?
- Should I keep my unvaccinated children away from grandparents or other older people?
- Should I keep my kids out of stores and other indoor places?
- How likely is it that as a vaccinated parent, I could pass along the delta variant to my child?
- What about the youngest babies and toddlers who might be heading back to daycare soon? How do we protect them?
How dangerous is the delta variant for children?
Doctors say there isn’t a good sense yet about whether the delta variant is more severe than the previous versions of the coronavirus, but one thing is clear: “It is certainly more transmissible,” said Sean O’Leary, vice chair of the Committee on Infectious Diseases for the American Academy of Pediatrics. For comparison, the alpha variant, which …
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