Children could be more at risk of COVID-19 Delta variant –Paediatrician

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Lara Adejoro

A board-certified physician, Dr. Mona Amin says the Delta variant of the coronavirus is creating a level of risk for children that didn’t arise in 2020.

Speaking on Yahoo Finance Live, Dr. Amin said the Delta variant of the virus has shown to be more contagious than previous versions, particularly for the unvaccinated.

“Children are getting hospitalised at higher rates than we’ve ever seen. 

“And yes, we do see that most children who are hospitalised are children of unvaccinated parents. But as this Delta variant surges, we are also seeing children of vaccinated parents get admitted for hospitalisation for COVID,” Amin said.

Asking about what parents can do amid the heightened transmission, Amin explained that “we do the best we can with risk reduction, with masking, with vaccination, with maybe weighing benefit and risk with every social experience that we take our unvaccinated children into.”

Speaking further, Amin said it is a tough time for parents because the world is 18 months into the pandemic.

“I’m a pediatrician,” Dr. Amin said. “I’m also a mom of a toddler who is 20 months old [and] in daycare. So we are living COVID, breathing COVID. It is a tough time for parents, one, because we’re 18 months into this and we thought that maybe we would be on an upward swing.

“As a mother, Amin said she sympathises with other parents who are concerned about how to protect their unvaccinated children.

“Some of the biggest things that we can do to protect our children are things that we should have been doing, which is vaccinating anyone who’s eligible and masking anyone who is able to be masked,” she said. “These are two surefire ways of helping protect our children who are too young to mask or maybe too young to get a vaccine.”

Currently, 60.4 per cent of those ages 12 and up in America are fully vaccinated, while 71.2 per cent have received at least one dose, Yahoo Health noted.

It added that some parents have floated the idea of having “chicken pox-type parties” in which parents gather their children together to expose them to the virus in hopes of developing immunity. The problem with this, however, is that it’s still unclear who is considered high risk for hospitalisations.

“We know it’s really nearly impossible to completely avoid a virus,” Amin said. “It’s invisible. We can’t completely do that. So we talk about risk reduction. This means: Who are we surrounding our children with? What is your level of comfortability?”

“With chickenpox-type parties, the risk there is that you don’t know if your child is going to get hospitalised,” Amin said. “You don’t know if your child is going to get a complication from COVID because this is a new virus. So we want to really focus on risk reduction, and what that means is doing what we can in our control.”

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