In an interview with CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases claimed that the only way to prevent children below the age of 12 from contracting COVID-19 is to surround them with vaccinated adults.
As more children are being hot by the recent wave of infections- resulting in hospitalizations and serious conditions- low vaccination rates were cited as the cause, by Fauci. “The way you protect children who, because of their age, cannot get vaccinated yet is to surround the children — be it friends, family, school teachers, personnel in the school — surround the children with vaccinated people,” he said.
As it stands, in mid-to-late August, ER visits for kids up to age 17 were 3.4 times higher in the states with the lowest vaccination rates and hospitalizations were 3.7 times higher than in states with the highest vaccination rates.
If the US wants to keep children in the classroom this school year, people have to wear masks, Fauci said. But while some areas have adopted mask and vaccine mandates, others have curbed such measures.
Looking at the overall situation currently, this past Labor Day weekend, the 7-day average of new coronavirus cases was more than four times higher than it was on Labor Day 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Covid-related deaths have also increased, according to JHU, and the US Department of Health and Human Services reports that Covid-related hospitalizations have gone up, too.