Millions of American parents are now partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But for millions of children, the expectations are far and wide.
While many adolescents aged 16 and over are now able to get vaccinated, and new Pfizer data suggest that the vaccine is safe and highly effective in children younger than 12, we are likely. Will be several months away from large kittens
“It is likely that most children will not be vaccinated until the end of this year or early next year,” said Steven Abelowitz, pediatrician who specializes in Coastal Kids Pediatrics in Orange County, California. He emphasizes that even the best guess is “all guesswork”; at this point.
That means parents are at odd times for months when they suddenly get more protection, but their kids don’t. Here are some basics to keep in mind as you explore something new (new New?) Normal
First of all, know that for children nothing really changes.
Abelowitz said self-vaccination might feel different. But keep in mind that COVID-19 precautions for children and other unvaccinated people haven’t changed in the past few months, Abelowitz said.
Children should protect themselves by wearing masks, avoiding crowds and inconvenient indoor spaces, and washing their hands thoroughly – basically everything we’ve heard and hoped to do in the past year. One small change: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now say three feet of physical distance is enough to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in schools.
But it’s safe to spend time indoors with vaccinated family members.
One area there have Some of the changes are federal recommendations on how children can interact with the fully vaccinated outside the household.
Fully vaccinated people can spend time indoors and exposed – with unvaccinated people as long as the unvaccinated. (In this case, children) were not at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications to the CDC.
This means that if your child has dear adults in their life who are fully vaccinated, they can hang out together in the home without you having to worry about them contracting the virus. (Of course, no one can tell that there is no risk. But the risk is low, especially now that the CDC says there is ample evidence that people who are fully vaccinated are unlikely to transmit the virus.)
All of this should be extremely welcome news for grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters and the children who love them.
The mathematical risk * of catching COVID-19 is lower.
To be clear: You are not vaccinated. directly This affects your child’s risk of contracting COVID-19 unless you are breastfeeding, in which case there is more evidence that breastfeeding parents pass antibodies.
So, assuming your child was exposed to COVID-19 at school, or someone coughed with your child during a family vacation, your vaccination status does not help them stay healthy. good
That said, when a parent or caregiver is vaccinated, it has a more indirect effect on the child’s risk level.
“What we have learned from most epidemiological studies is that children are exposed to the infection at home,” said David Cennimo, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Rutgers, NJ School of Medicine. Mothers are vaccinated, it is very unlikely they will take home COVID. ”
“In all the mathematical equations of “How are they protected?” “He continued,” They are now more protected than you were vaccinated. “
However, we are not close to the point where herd immunity will provide more direct protection.
Want to reduce your kids’ risk? Ask about the vaccination status
Planning a play date? Missing a family trip? Considering a camp or extracurricular? The same basics that guide benefit-risk analysis during a pandemic. Outdoor settings are less risky than indoor settings. Larger gaps are better than small gaps. Being in a small group (or not at all) is safer than being in large groups.
But one thing has changed: You should now ask people about their vaccination status, which can be tricky.
“If I have kids and they’re going to go on a date, I want to know: Are the adults in the home vaccinated?” Therefore much lower “
Know that if this – any of these – feels difficult to distinguish, you’re not alone. There is no easy answer and the parents will have to make the right decisions anyway.
Parents should feel empowered to weigh the potential benefits of having their kids reconnect with their friends or just having fun, says Cennimo. All of these are considerations to keep in mind.
“People have to think about their comfort level and within the recommendations given they adjust their activity level to a truly comfortable level,” he said.