Navigating COVID-19’s Delta Variant with Young Children

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Brianna Banuelos (L), 12, receives a first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after it was approved for use by the FDA in children 12 and over at a Los Angeles County mobile vaccination clinic on May 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon)

With new evidence that the delta variant of COVID-19 is highly contagious and spreads as easily as chickenpox, questions and concerns are being raised by parents with children under 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control still recommend in-person learning for the return to school this fall, with both recommending all children over age 2 wear masks at school, regardless of vaccination status. We’ll speak with infectious disease expert Dr. Yvonne Maldonado about the latest on how the delta variant affects children and what precautions parents can take.


Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, professor of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Population Health Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Stanford University School of Medicine