Covid-19: Without vaccine, how should we protect children? – ZAP

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Councils from the United States of America, where more than four thousand children had a syndrome related to the disease. It is recommended to use a mask from 2 years of age.

The vaccination process against covid-19 continues, but for now only adults are being vaccinated. In the European Union, for example, and following the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen vaccines are only administered in older than 18 years and that of BioNTech/Pfizer will reach those over 16 years of age.

In the United States the scenario is not very different, with the parents more relaxed, because they are being vaccinated but they see their children – under 12 years old – to be left out of the list of people eligible for the current vaccination process.

The idea has been repeated that children, even if they become infected with the new coronavirus, most of them have mild symptoms, or does not have any symptoms. Cases in which a child dies, or goes to hospital, because of covid-19 are rare.

However, in the US, until last month, more than four thousand cases of children who showed symptoms of a rare but dangerous disease had been confirmed: Multisystemic Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. MIS-C has reached the youngest ones, when they had already been infected by the new coronavirus, weeks before.

Vaccination should be extended to US children under 12 years of age. But this process is not expected to start until autumn. Until then, how should you try to keep the virus away from children?

Judith Flores, a pediatrician for over 30 years, answers: “The best way to take care of your child is to be vaccinated. The family and the community must also be vaccinated. A child’s risk of contracting the disease depends on the community in which they live or study. The risk of having a sick child increases if your community has a low vaccination rate and a high infection rate”.

When the child goes back to school, parents should start thinking about asking questions: “Who is vaccinated at school? How is the control carried out at school?“, indicated the doctor, in an interview with the television station ABC News.

Judith reinforced the recommendation of the use from mask – the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that, indoors, it is recommended that children wear masks older than two years (inclusive).

The pediatrician would advise your child to wear a mask at school, especially in the first few weeks, while evaluating the school’s methods. But he recalled that schools have been safe places: “It has been proven that children get sick more often when they are at home, with your family”.

In relation to locations abroad, no mask is required for children, as the risk of transmission is low. In closed spaces, especially if ventilation is not adequate or if there are a lot of people in the area, it is better to put the mask on the child.

The former head of a hospital in New York also stressed that the essential is to prepare children (and parents) to mental level, for the return to face-to-face classes.

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