Back to School: The Delta Edition

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

It's that wonderful time of the year again. The summer has concluded and kids are taking those "First Day of School" pictures smiling ear to ear. The school year list isn't too different from the years prior. Except, two things a mask and the COVID-19 vaccine. (Pfizer is recommended for 12 y/o and up). The Delta Variant has made it's name known around the world. As we transition back into face-to-face instruction, parents are growing concerned as the new variant has become dominant in communities.

The Delta Variant has become one of the biggest highlights of the summer. As children navigate their way back into the classroom, during a pandemic. It's hard for parents not to naturally worry about their child's health. The CDC has recommended that mask should be worn indoors and in classrooms. The likelihood of a child having serious complications from the variant are low. However, it is a concern for parents with children who have pre-existing conditions and respiratory issues, such as asthma.

Below are a few tips and questions answered by health professionals and researchers.

What risks does COVID-19 pose to my child?

It’s rare for COVID-19 to cause severe illness among school-age children, but it does happen. Those with underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, immune disorders and diabetes are at higher risk, according to the CDC.

How has the Delta variant changed the risk of getting COVID-19 at school?

The Delta variant is more transmissible than the version of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) that circulated for much of the previous 16 months or so, which means that it could spread faster in schools, just like it does anywhere else.

Could my child carry COVID-19 to someone else, like family members or their teacher?

Yes, children can pass the variant to siblings and parents. The variant is highly contagious. The best way to protect yourself and child is to be vaccinated. If the child is to young to receive the vaccination, they should continue to practice good personal hygiene and wear mask. Parents should also keep their child home if they are feeling unwell or running a fever.

ZÖe Pediatrics is committed to the education and prevention of COVID-19 in our community.

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