Sumary of The Delta Variant and Kids: Here’s What Parents Should Know:
- Share on PinterestThe delta variant doesn’t appear to pose a greater risk to young children than other variants of the coronavirus.
- Dobrila Vignjevic/Getty ImagesMany Americans are concerned about the risk the delta variant poses to the health of their unvaccinated children.
- Though cases in general are increasing in some areas, the percentage of hospitalizations is not increasing in children as a result of the delta variant, according to the most recent data available.
- As the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread, many Americans are concerned about what this means for their unvaccinated children.
- There have been recent reports of kids being admitted to the intensive care unit and more children being diagnosed with COVID-19.But the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the hospitalization rate and risk of severe illness has not been increasing among children.
- At the same time, infectious disease experts aren’t surprised to see cases increasing among young Americans as millions remain unvaccinated and are back to their regular activities, like camp and school.
- “Children are spared the severe consequences of COVID-19 and less likely to spread it, and I think that remains true for the delta variant despite scary headlines,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert and a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, told Healthline.
- Delta is a more contagious variant and is expected to trigger outbreaks in areas with low vaccination rates.