With Early Childhood Education centers slowly beginning to allow children to return to in-person classes, many parents are concerned about their child’s and the rest of the family’s health and safety. Many want to know if their children are at risk of contracting COVID-19 while at school.
Here’s what experts currently know.
- Yes, children can get COVID-19.
This is according to what Dr. Lisa Gwynn, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics and public health sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, had said.
However, the infection rates are very low in children, said Brian Labus, Ph.D., MPH, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- They can transmit COVID-19 to adults.
Dr. Gwyn said that ages 10 and older are especially able to transmit the illness to the adults around them.
And while there’s still much left to investigate regarding children under 10, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report last September 18 stating that younger children can transmit COVID-19 to adults as well.
- Protecting Kids as They Return to School.
As a provider of quality services for early Child Development in Virginia, we urge parents to do the following for their children:
- Check-in with them daily and take note of symptoms of illness like cough, fever, or vomiting
- Inform your children about the necessary safety protocols set by the CDC
- Making sure your child is updated when it comes to vaccines
- Follow up with the school on their COVID-19 action plan