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Dr. Fauci explains how to keep your kids safe from the delta variant

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently explained the best way to keep your children safe from COVID-19 variants

Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Fauci on the “Today” show.
This screenshot from NBC News shows Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Fauci on the “Today” show.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser on the novel coronavirus, recently revealed there’s a simple way to keep unvaccinated children safe from the delta variant.

What did Fauci say about kids and COVID-19 variants?

Fauci said on the “Today” show that children who are younger than 12 years old can’t get vaccinated for COVID-19 just yet. And because of that, adults need to get vaccinated, he said.

  • “The best way to protect the children (against variants) is to bring the level of virus circulation in the community down,” he said.
  • He said he urges any “adults who are eligible for vaccination to get vaccinated.”

Fauci’s comments came as the delta variant continues to spread throughout the United States.

  • “In several weeks or a month or so, it is going to be quite dominant,” he said.
  • He added, “It’s the unvaccinated people that we’re concerned about. ... If they are unvaccinated, they are at risk.”

Cases rise among younger Utahns

In Utah, COVID-19 cases are on the rise among younger residents, as the Deseret News reported.

Dr. Russell Vinik, chief medical operations officer of the Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health, told the Deseret News that cases among young Utahns are “very, very concerning.”

Stephen Goldstein, a postdoctoral researcher at University of Utah School of Medicine, told reporters that getting vaccinated is the key to stopping the variants from spreading.

  • “If you want to not have to do those things and you want to try to avoid becoming infected with SARS C0-V-2, and the delta variant in particular, then you should get vaccinated,” Goldstein said. “It’s important to understand that if you choose not to get vaccinated, ultimately, there’s a very high likelihood you’ll become infected.”