The delta variant is spreading fast as children return to school. So what can schools do to keep children safe?

How to keep kids safe from COVID-19 in school

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser on the coronavirus, recently offered advice for schools and families on how to keep the unvaccinated safe.

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Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that children should be surrounded by vaccinated people when they return to school, which will protect the children who are too young to get vaccinated right now.

  • “You surround them with those who can be vaccinated, whoever they are, teachers, personnel in the school, anyone, get them vaccinated. So, protect the kids with a shield of vaccinated people,” Fauci told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Fauci said it’s also important for people to return to school with mask mandates in place.

  • “For the kids who can’t get vaccinated, that’s the reason why we’re having a strong recommendation that, in the schools, everybody should wear a mask, whether or not you’re vaccinated.”
  • “We’ve got to protect the children,” he said.

Does the delta variant hurt children?

Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, a committee chairwoman with the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently told CNN that delta variant cases continue to hit children, and it’s causing some severe illness among them. Severe illness remains rare among children, experts said, but it can happen.

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Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN that the delta variant is hitting children hard.

  • “It’s clear that this variant is capable of causing serious injury in children. You heard those stories coming out of Louisiana pediatric ICUs where there are kids as young as a few months old that are sick,” Collins said.