When the COVID-19 pandemic first began to change life in the United States (and globally), the news that children and young adults didn’t seem to be as vulnerable to the disease as older adults was sometimes treated as a small reprieve. At least one group of people for whom masking and social distancing would be more difficult was somewhat less susceptible.
Still, it wasn’t only the fears that a child might bring home COVID-19 to a vulnerable adult that led to school shutdowns and mask rules. Kids could still contract the virus, and become seriously ill, especially those with any other vulnerabilities. Still, it became popular among COVID deniers to claim that kids don’t get COVID-19, don’t get ill, or don’t transmit it.
The Washington Post reported in the summer of 2020 that Betsy DeVos, thenthe Secretary of Education under the Trump Administration, had claimed studies support the notion “that kids are actually stoppers of the disease,” as she pushed to reopen in-person classrooms. Other Republicans have claimed that kids are not vulnerable, or do not get the illness, and urged against vaccines for kids, mask rules in schools, and other precautions.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is again warning the public that this just isn’t true, and that getting kids vaccinated is very important.
Dr. Anthony Fauci pleads with parents to vaccinate their children as fewer than 1 in 5 eligible American kids have gotten the shot:
"This idea that children are not vulnerable at all is not so." pic.twitter.com/901aY3a00A
— The Recount (@therecount) December 12, 2021
“If your child is 5 years of age and older, please get them vaccinated. We need to protect the children. This idea that children are not vulnerable at all is not so. Certainly statistically children do not get as severe disease as adults, particularly the elderly, but if you look at the number of cases of children, now well over 2 million children from [ages] 5 to 11 have been infected, there have been over 8 thousand to nine thousand hospitalizations, and well over a hundred deaths.”
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