NIH Director Collins: Masks on children under 12 ‘a really smart thing’
Director of the National Institute of Healing, Dr. Francis Collins, said: Corona Virus The delta variant represents a new threat to the population compared to previous forms of COVID-19, and that all effective measures must be used to slow the spread, including a return to erosion. masks indoors in some areas.
Speaking to “Fox News Sunday,” Collins emphasized the highly contagious nature of the delta variant, while acknowledging that vaccines are generally effective against it.
“This is a really different virus than last year, and everything we learned about COVID a year ago, you kind of had to hit the reset button now how do we need to respond to it,” Collins said.
Collins went on to say that while infection of vaccinated people is rare and does not pose significant risks to those same people, vaccinated people can pass it on to others. He explained that this is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending people in areas with high transmission to return to wearing masks indoors, even if they have been vaccinated.
“This is the best way to stop the transmission of this highly contagious virus,” he said.
Collins emphasized that the vaccines “work very well, including against Delta,” and was encouraged by increased vaccination rates.
However, children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccines. Children are generally not known to get severely ill from COVID-19, and of the 503,544 deaths currently reported by the CDC, only 296 were children under 12, less than 0.06%. However, Collins recommends that children under the age of 12 wear masks when they start school in the fall, to reduce spread among students or transmission to their families.
“If Delta is as contagious as we know it now, and we want to try to put a stop to a very high rise right now, wearing masks if you’re under 12 and can’t get vaccinated when you’re in school is really smart.”
Collins said he understands that this is “boring” and that children and parents are “sick of it”, but if this can save “even some” lives, it seems to be the right thing to do.” He added that he believed it was a “worth a sacrifice.” In order to ensure that the epidemic does not get worse and thus the country can avoid further lockdown.
In the end, Collins tried to express optimism mixed with his warnings, reminding viewers that the country had made great strides against COVID-19.
“We’ve made a lot of progress here compared to a year ago, and we don’t want to do silly things to cause the delta virus to come back stronger,” he said.