Many parents are finding the current environment very confusing. Most parents have received vaccinations but their kids who are under 12 have not yet been vaccinated. Hence, it is difficult for families to determine what they can do when it comes to activities. Most parents that are vaccinated believe they can now dine at a relative’s house or go to bars, concerts, and movies but these activities can be risky for their kids who are not vaccinated.
Parents are currently drowning in questions on what they can and cannot do, who should wear a mask in what setting, if their kids are allowed sleepovers, and if they are, should they wear masks? They have to determine if other children are not wearing masks, should their child still stay? Can vaccinated parents go out with their kids who are not vaccinated? Can they fly? If someone flies in to meet them on an airplane, can they be around unvaccinated kids? Parents are extremely nervous fielding all these questions.
Caregivers and parents are trying to navigate a tough time. This pandemic is leading to a lot of confusion because it is evolving continuously and our understanding and knowledge of it is also constantly evolving. Doctors still don’t have answers and they are attempting to do their best for everyone.
COVID and Kids: What You Need To Know
There is some good news in this regard. As per the CDC, cases of COVID have declined by 94 percent since the month of June, 2020. The American Academy of Pediatrics data showcased on May 27, 2021 that the least weekly cases were seen since October in children which was 34, 500 COVID cases.
Since the pandemic started, around 4 million kids have contracted it as per The AAP. However, most kids do not require hospitalization. The number of deaths amongst kids who have contracted COVID is low, with only 0.23% of all deaths related to COVID. Cases are declining and hope is increasing right now. What is unclear is if variants and seasons are going to change that.
As per The CDC, very few kids have contracted COVID when compared to adults and their symptoms have been mild. However, some kids can get very sick from the virus and require hospitalization.
Navigating COVID In Life
Knowing about the most recent numbers is important but it is also vital to figure out how to continue living your real life with your kids. Parents are struggling to determine what is best for their kids during the pandemic. Most household decision makers are constantly researching and gathering information but because everything is constantly evolving, it is difficult to stay on top of everything.
Guidance From The CDC
The CDC has provided some guidance for parents-
If kids are not vaccinated:
- Masks are not required if they are hanging out with family members from their household in outdoor areas or during bike rides or walks or swimming.
- They can attend parties without masks if everyone there is vaccinated.