Children and adolescents fully vaccinated at this summer camp can return to normal activities without a mask or physically distant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in an anticipated recommendation. For summer camp
But the advice is somewhat vague for unvaccinated children, a group of children who are likely to be a large part of conventional summer camps.There is no Covid-19 vaccine for children under 12.
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“Generally speaking, people do not need to wear masks, including those who are not fully vaccinated and vaccinated because they are at very low risk of external transmission,” said Erin Sauber-Schatz. CDC’s head of the Community Intervention and Critical Population Agency said. Which wrote instructions
But “even if the outdoors is safe But there’s still a crucial time when if you’re not fully vaccinated, wear a mask, ”she said.
Those prime times are left open for interpretation.
“People who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in crowded outdoor locations or during activities that involve close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated,” the instructions say.
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The instructions do not specify what types of outdoor camping activities should and should not be masked on. Have discussed various situations
Children may want to wear masks or adhere to physical distances when they get together in a large group, especially while singing in camp. Sauber-Schatz Said the study found “The airway aerosol travels farther” as people sing, chant and shout.
But during a game of catching the flag, for example, children sprawl across a large outdoor area. “You’re not going to have that close touch as we are concerned,” Sauber-Schatz said.
One important exception to this outdoor mask recommendation: They should not be worn during activities that may get wet, such as swimming or canoeing.
“Wet masks can make breathing difficult and may not work as intended,” the CDC recommendations state.
For indoor activities, the advice is clear: the CDC mask is “strongly encouraged” for anyone over 2 years of age who is not vaccinated.
The instructions that are intended for both day and camping are not mandatory. They are intended to help camp directors and counselors make decisions about their own rules, which may vary from camp to camp.
“I think the camps need a little more support and information,” said Dr. Richard Besser, former CDC Acting Director and current president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Be more specific, it will be helpful. “
Children are not as at risk of COVID-19 as older adults. But they can still get sick and spread the virus.
As of May 20, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported 3.9 million pediatric COVID-19 cases, accounting for just 14 percent of the total number of cases in the United States.Of these, 316 children died, and the CDC reported 3,742 children. There are systemic inflammation of the body, a rare side effect. But potentially deadly of the virus
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For all people 12 years and older, the CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination.
Buddy Krych, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. “Getting them to get vaccinated before they go to camp, it makes them very vulnerable to themselves and their risk of going to camp.”
Until now, only a vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech Only available to children 12 and older, Moderna expects to apply for emergency authorization in children 12 to 17 in June. Johnson & Johnson is currently studying the COVID-19 vaccine in young people ages 12 to 17.
Pediatricians agree that going to summer camp is especially helpful for kids, especially as they are born out of years of isolation and remote learning.
“It is very important that we do not reduce the benefit of children returning to a more normal life,” Besser said. “The goal is not to reduce their risk of COVID to zero. But reducing the risk to what is acceptable. “
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