dr. Mona Amin is exhausted as a doctor and as a parent.
On Friday, the Florida-based pediatrician and mom posted a carousel of nine slides of posts to Instagram in a desperate plea to parents.
“This is a difficult time being a pediatrician and mother,” Amin wrote in the post. “This is a difficult time to be a parent: we shouldn’t be here.
“Countries without a solid vaccine program are watching as we fill hospitals across the country while vaccines are free at drive-through pharmacies. Swipe through to see why I’m concerned. And how we can make this better for our kids. our responsibility to protect our children – and quite frankly, we are abandoning them.”
The highly contagious delta variant is responsible for more than 90 percent of COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to new data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Delta has changed everything,” Amin told TODAY Parents. “It’s causing damage to healthcare. This is the worst the pandemic has ever been (and) children’s hospitals are seeing numbers for COVID that we’ve never seen.”
In the slides, the mother and health care provider shared science-backed data to refute controversial claims that have surfaced about COVID-19 involving children.
“The hospitalization rate is only 1% for children, who cares?” reading a slide.
“This is a difficult time being a pediatrician and mother,” Dr. Mona Amin.pedsdoctalk/Instagram
Amin explained, “These are children’s lives… every child who is sick – is a child who is sick. And I don’t want to see more children sick because of our mistakes as adults.”
Another slide responds, “I’m taking my changes and not vaccinating myself. My child will be fine.”
dr. Mona Amin’s Instagram post garnered over 5,000 likes and 2,000 shares within an hour of posting.pedsdoctalk/Instagram
Amin continues: “I hear you. I’m also not too concerned about my child getting seriously ill with COVID-19 based on data, BUT the reality is that some kids get sick.”
Ryaan’s doctor and mother explained to TODAY Parents that the United States is the country with the most access to vaccines and yet the most industrialized country with the highest number of hospitalizations in the world.
“We don’t want children to be hospitalized,” Amin shared, adding that her plea came Friday after seeing an increase in sick children this week. “It’s a plea because it’s a huge problem. These kids come from unvaccinated families. Every time I see a COVID patient, everyone has an unvaccinated parent who has brought the virus home.”
Earlier this summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised all children over the age of 2 to wear masks this year when they return to school, regardless of vaccination status, citing the inability of most children to get vaccinated based on age.
“If you choose not to vaccinate, that’s fine, but masking and hand washing is not enough (to protect children) at this point,” Amin explained. “It is our duty to protect them.”
Across the country, some summer camps have had to be shut down due to COVID-19 outbreaks, and doctors warn this could be a prediction for the coming school year.
“I think, unfortunately, this is in a sense a precursor to fall,” Ko told TODAY Parents, underscoring the highly transferable nature of the delta variant. “It’s really quite surprising… you have a pathogen that has doubled its transmissibility within a year and a half of discovery.”
With misinformation rampant on social media, Amin aims to provide science-backed data to help parents navigate the months ahead.
“We have to remember that everyone is doing the best for their child, but when it comes to health and an infectious disease, you have to look at science and data,” she said. “That means looking at the experts who have spent their lives helping to eradicate disease.”