As more and more adults across the world are receiving COVID 19 vaccine, families with unvaccinated children are left with many doubts and questions about which activities are safe to participate in.
Testing is being undertaken in children under 12 and as young as six months. But these trials are expected to take longer. Children may require different doses compared to adolescents and adults.
The following are activities for children and the considerations to be taken:
1. Visiting Grandparents and Other Relatives.
Experts emphasised the importance of human interactions, especially with loved ones. It is a critical part of our lives, both short-term and long-term. Thus, it is crucial to include those benefits when it comes to evaluating risks.
The CDC states that fully vaccinated people can visit people who are vaccinated from a single household who are not at severe risk of COVID 19 indoors without having to wear a facemask. Hence, kids can safely visit their grandparents for as long as they are free from any underlying disease that may out at risk for coronavirus complications.
When it comes to high-risk children, experts believe it is critical to be more cautious. Visiting outdoors and wearing a mask is one way to do this. There is no 100% certainty that everyone who is fully vaccinated will not be transmitting the virus. We are still in the process of learning.
2. Eating Out at Restaurants
Going to restaurants for a family dinner is certainly tempting when so many parents have spent the last year cooking at home due to the coronavirus. Experts say if you decide to do this with children who are unvaccinated, it is best to stick to dining outdoors.
Restaurants pose a critical risk because there are many people in the inside space, which increases the risk of transmission. But one of the things people can do to mitigate the risk is to eat outdoors. The weather is getting warmer, so it should be a viable option for everyone.
3. Going On a Family Trip
The CDC recommends against travel for people who are unvaccinated whenever possible. But if a family vacation is something you’re still considering this summer, experts say that it is better to stick to a road trip.
If a family does decide to travel, driving mitigates the risk versus flying in an airplane or taking the train because you are just with your family and enclosed in the car.
Once you arrive at your destination, it is critical to continue to abide by coronavirus restrictions that have been followed since the past year, said experts.
Try to steer clear of large crowds. Eat outside and wear a mask, as well as wash your hands frequently. Follow the same principles that have helped us survive at this point. Experts also recommend packing extra masks.
4. Sports Participation
Experts say it is critical to understand that when it comes to participating in sports, there is a certain degree of risk. We know that when kids are playing sports, they typically do not wear masks. They will be running, screaming, and shouting, so there is a high risk for the spread of the virus.
As with other scenarios, outdoor sports are much safer compared to indoor sports. Since the summer is approaching, swimming is another activity on parent’s minds. Experts don’t believe that coronavirus spreads in swimming pools, but certain activities that kids partake in while in the pool might pose a risk.
5. Attending Summer Camp
When it comes to sending children to camp this summer, there is a lot that parents need to think about. There are numerous variations of summer camp that it is hard to give a recommendation. However, experts advise parents to do their research before enrolling their kids in summer camp.
It is recommended that parents get as much information about the camp as they can. It is critical to ask questions such as what they are doing differently this year compared to the previous years? What is the camp doing to help mitigate the risk as much as possible?
Once parents know the answers, they can decide how comfortable they feel with their children attending the summer camp. If you need help weighing the rest of summer camp or any other activity, it is recommended to talk with your children’s healthcare provider.
It is critical to apply safety measures for children who are unvaccinated from coronavirus. Although life is returning to normal due to the relentless vaccination of adults worldwide, it is still critical to apply safety measures to mitigate risks. Children are still incredibly vulnerable, so it is crucial to protect them at all times and follow health and safety protocols.