Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–More and more adults are being vaccinated, but their children under 12 still do not qualify. What does this mean for the parents who are now going back to work, and the kids who are finally going back to summer camp or school? What safety standards should be followed when it comes to childcare arrangements?
Many people have so many questions, so we enlisted the help of CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Lena Wayne, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
While children are less likely to contract severe illness from the Corona virus, this does not prevent them from contracting it.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 4 million children have been diagnosed in the United States since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 1,800 children have been hospitalized, and more than 300 children have tragically died.
Wayne explained that children’s infections today are 1 out of 4 of the total infections with the Corona virus in the United States.
Although the parents receiving the vaccine helps protect the family from the risk of COVID-19, there is still a small chance that the Corona virus may be transmitted to the children.
It is also difficult to determine exactly what that risk is, because it also depends on the rate at which the coronavirus spreads in the community, Wayne said.
But, what about daycare and summer camps? Is it safe?
“I’m going to send my almost 4-year-old son to summer camp at a daycare center,” said Wayne. “Here’s what I was looking for. First, I was happy to see the kids spending most of their time outdoors, even when it rained. The outdoors is much safer.” From the inside to reduce the transmission of the Corona virus.
“Secondly, all nursery staff are fully vaccinated, which gave us extra peace of mind. And third, masks are still required when children are indoors,” she added.
Many parents are now being asked to return to work in person. Should they continue to wear masks, even if they are not required?
It depends on the nature of the parents’ work.. Wayne explained that if you are sure that everyone in the office is fully vaccinated, it is a good idea to abandon the mask while working.
However, she noted that you should rethink wearing your mask if you have to interact with many customers in an enclosed space, who may not be immune.
Wayne explained that the muzzle serves as an extra layer of protection, especially when you are near many unvaccinated people.
But, should you wear a mask when going to the bathroom or break room at work?
“If everyone around me is not vaccinated, yes, I will wear a mask in crowded public places,” Wayne said. “I probably won’t eat in the break room.”
And if your children were previously infected with the coronavirus, they are likely to have some level of immune protection. Therefore, Wayne indicated that it is possible that they will be infected again.
“I think you might be a little worried about them immediately getting infected with the coronavirus again,” she said.
What do you do when you have to use public transportation to get to work?
Wayne explained that masks are currently required on buses, subways, trains, and others. And you won’t have a little worry about exposure to the coronavirus if you get your vaccine.
And if you have children who have not yet been vaccinated, and they are over the age of 12, Wayne recommends that you get them vaccinated against the Corona virus immediately. The Pfizer/Biontech vaccine is approved for children 12 years of age and older and has been found to be very safe and effective.