Sumary of Kids and COVID-19: What We Know Now:
- Still, worry lingers about the COVID-19 risks kids face in the classroom.
- Outbreaks of COVID-19 suggest that some school districts are not doing enough to keep kids safe from the highly infectious delta coronavirus variant.
- An investigation published September 3 by the Texas Tribune found that at least 45 small school districts across Texas temporarily stopped offering in-person classes as a result of rising COVID-19 cases in the first few weeks of the new school year.
- Similarly, on September 3, the Sun Sentinel reported that two school districts in Florida were shut until after Labor Day as COVID-19 numbers surged.
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- “That puts every child under 12 in the high risk category,” says Katherine Williamson, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Health Orange County and vice president of the Orange County chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in California.
- With the rise of the delta and an overall increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, more children are becoming infected.
- for the week ending September 2, they made up 26.8 percent, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).