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These are some of the toughest cases as children under the age of 12 seem months away from vaccination.
There are some reassuring facts for these families. First, the transmission of Covid is uncommon in many places where children spend time. It is extremely rare to be outdoors, and spring is a good time to be outdoors. School outbreaks have also been quite low around the world, possibly because children are less likely to infect others, even if they have Covid.
Most comforting of all is the fact that Covid is, on average, no more severe than the flu to children. I wrote an article with charts that is covered in more detail. As I explain, some parents may still choose to be extremely careful while others are more comfortable with normalcy. Both decisions are justifiable. Here is an interview from this article:
Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, told me that she views decisions about children’s activities as a matter of personal choice that different parents would make differently. In her family, she said she was concerned about how a year of pandemic had harmed her children by making them less comfortable in social situations. Once all adults are vaccinated, she plans to resume more activities.
“I can accept the risk of my children getting Covid, also because I compare it to the risk of them getting other infectious diseases, and the risk seems to be very, very small,” said Dr. Nuzzo. “I have a feeling that if my children got Covid they would be fine. I also see the direct damage if they don’t lead normal lives. “
About 40 percent of adults in the United States have not yet received a vaccine. In order for the country to reduce that number as quickly as possible, it is important to acknowledge the reality: the vast majority are not vaccinated by the election.
They don’t have any health issues preventing them from getting a shot, and they haven’t been hindered by the logistics of getting a shot. Yes, there are people in both groups and they will need special help as society opens up again. Among other things, the Biden government, state officials and employers must keep pushing to make vaccination even more convenient.
The much bigger problem, however, is vaccination skepticism.
In the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 15 percent of adults said they didn’t want a chance until they knew more about how it affected other people. Another 6 percent said they would only get a shot when needed (from their employer, for example), and another 13 percent said they would definitely not get a shot. When you put those three numbers together, you get 34 percent – which in turn makes up the bulk of the unvaccinated 40 percent.
Unvaccinated people to do The hypothetical example that many people have been talking about since the CDC changed its policies has an added risk: the unvaccinated person who wore a mask in stores and avoided restaurants until last week but stopped doing so.