Mass. pediatrician on Delta variant

Mass. pediatrician on Delta variant

Updated: 5:57 PM EDT Jul 1, 2021

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BEN: THE DGEANROUS DELTA VARIANT CREATES NEW CHALLENGES FOR PARENTS TRYING PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM COVID-19. HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS IS DR. RICK MALLEY, AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST AT BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPIL.TA WE KNOW THIS VARIANT IS MUCH MORE CONTAGIOUS, AND SPREADING QUICKLY AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE UNVACCINATED. HOW IST I IMPACTING CHILDREN UNDER 12 WHO CAN’T GET A VACCE?IN >> WELL, SO FAR THIS VIRUS IS FOLLOWGIN THE SAME PLAYBOOK AS THE OTHERS IN TERMS OF ITS ABILYIT TO INFECT PEOPLE WHEN THERE’S A LOW NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE VACCINATED AND PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FOLWILONG SOCLIA DISTANCING, MASKING WHEN YOU HAVE UNVACCINADTE PEOEPL INDOORS. IT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE AFFECTING CHILDREN DISPROPORTIONATELY. ALTHOUGH, I HAVE TO SAY WE ARE STILL WAITING TOEE S EXACTLY WHAT THE FULL IMPACT OF THIS NEW VARIANT WILL BE IN CHILDREN. BEN: THE NORTHEAST HAS HIGHER VACCINATION RATES THAN OTHER PARTS OF ETH COUNTRY, AND THAT MEANS THE RISK OF COVID INFECTION HERE IS LOWER. WITH THE DELTA VARIANTTI SLL CIRCULATING, DO YOU THINK IT’S STILL SAFE TO BRING UNVACCINATED KIDS TO CROWDED PLACES, MAYBE A RED SOX GAME OR TO THE CHDRILEN’S MUSEUM? >> IT’S A VYER GOOD QUESTION. I THINK IF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT ETH VIRALS THAT ARE PREVALENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, HOW FREQUENTLY PEOPLE ARE GETTING I CAN — INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS, TTHA SHOULD GIVE THEM A SENSE WHETHER IT’S SAFE TO BRING A HEALTHY UNVACCINATED CLDHI INTO A CROWDED SPACE LIKE RED SOX GAME. I THINK IN BOSTON AND THE NORTHEAST IN GENERAL, WE HAVE VERY GOOD VACCINATION RATES. WE COULD BE DOING BETTER. THAT WOULD REDUCE THE RISK IN CHILDREN. I STILL THINK THAT INDOORS, FOR EXAMPLE IN A MUSEUM, IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO PUT A MASK ON A CHILD WHO IS UNVACCINATED TO REALLY PROTECT THEM FROM GETTING INFECTED OR POTENTIALLY SPREADING IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE IN ETH FAMILY WHO’S IMMUNOCOMPROMISED OR ELDERLY. BEN: WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING? WHAT’S THE RISK RIGHT NOW OF TAKING KIDS ON AN AIRPLANE? OR SPENDING VACATION TIME IN ANOTHER STE?AT >> I THINK FIRST OF ALL, AIRPLANES HAVE FORTUNATELY WITH THE PRECAUTIONS THAT WE’RE USING, WHICH IS TO MASONK THE AIRPLANE AND REALLY TO TRY TO AVOID CROWDING PASSENGERS ALL TOGETHER WHILE THEY’RE WAITING FORHE T PLANE TO BOARD. THE RISK THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH FLYING SEEMS T BEO RELATIVELY LOW. WHICH IS VERY GOOD NEWS. PARTICULARLY FOR SRTHO FLITSGH SAY INTERCONTINENTAL AUSTIN U.S. THAT’S A POSITIVE SIGN. ON THE OTHER HAND, I WOULD RECOMMEND UNVACCINATED CHILDREN TRAVEL TO PARTS OF THE U.S. WHERE WE HAVE VYER LOW VACCINATION RATES AND WHERE THE DELTA VARIANT MIGHT BE SPRE

Mass. pediatrician on Delta variant

Updated: 5:57 PM EDT Jul 1, 2021

Dr. Rick Malley, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, discusses the Delta variant.

Dr. Rick Malley, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, discusses the Delta variant.

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