Fauci Says Children Should Still Wear Masks Until They Can Be Vaccinated
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Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, says children could still become infected by COVID-19 when playing with other kids.
KEEP WEARING MASKS
Fauci said even though adults who are vaccinated can see one another without a mask, kids can carry the virus.
“When the children go out into the community, you want them to continue to wear masks when they’re interacting with groups or multiple households,” Fauci said.
In many places, children are still not eligible to receive the vaccine. This means wearing masks will prevent them from transmitting or carrying the virus until they can get the shot.
MILLIONS OF VACCINATIONS
“We now have 3 to 3.5 million vaccinations each day. If we keep up with that pace, invariably, that’s going to drive the rate and the level of infections per day to a much, much lower level,” Fauci said.
He also said at this lower rate children may be able to attend group activities safely, like summer campus.
“We don’t know that for sure, but I think that’s an aspirational goal that we should go for,” the advisor said.
President Biden said that all 255 million American adults will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine by May 1. This does not mean adults will have the vaccination by the start of May but rather be able to schedule appointments for the shot.
But there have been no mentions of vaccines for children. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for those 18 and up. The Pfizer shot is only for 16 and up. This leaves children with little to no option for immunity in the near future.