When can kids get the COVID-19 vaccine? A pediatrician answers 5 key questions

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Both Moderna and Pfizer are testing the vaccine in children now. A big question among parents and teachers as more schools reopen is when their kids will be vaccinated against COVID-19. Some have wondered whether the vaccine is even necessary for children. Dr. James Wood , a pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases, explains what doctors know today about the risk children face of getting and spreading the coronavirus and when vaccines might be available. Read Full Story

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Exclusive: 16% of parents haven’t vaccinated their kids due to COVID-19

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Sixteen percent of parents say their kids haven’t had all their vaccinations due to pandemic-related scheduling problems, a new exclusive Harris Poll finds. In a hidden consequence of the coronavirus pandemic that public health experts find alarming, 16% of parents say their children haven’t received all the vaccinations recommended by their pediatricians, because COVID-19 has made scheduling inconvenient or impossible. Read Full Story

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How safe are children from COVID-19? Many kids get critically ill, say researchers

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Media reports have underemphasized the risks posed to children during the coronavirus pandemic. Children are not safe from COVID-19, according to a new study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice . Both media and medical reports have focused on child death rates, which are low, but not rates of seriously ill children, which have been underemphasized in the media. Read Full Story

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Do kids need face masks? Yes, and here are the 8 best options we found

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These masks are comfortable, washable, and come in adorable prints your kids might actually want to wear Masks are an incredibly easy way to help prevent the spread of disease (namely, COVID-19)—but it’s not always easy to get everyone in your household to wear one. We’re looking at you, kiddos. The CDC advises that children over the age of 2 wear a mask when they cannot maintain adequate distance from another person—because even if your child isn’t ill, they can still transmit viruses. That’s why we’ve found eight different (fun) face masks made specifically for kids that make it just that much easier to get them on board with face coverings. Each of these kids masks is reusable, well-fitting, and perfectly printed and colored to your kids’ liking. Read Full Story

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3 smart ways to help kids learn online during the COVID-19 pandemic

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For teleworking parents adjusting to having kids at home, here are three ways you can turn screen time into learning time. As families everywhere adjust to social distancing measures such as closed schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and more, parents are grappling with questions regarding their kids’ use of technology. Rebecca Dore , an expert on children and media, offers some tips for how to make the most of screen time for kids who are cooped up at home. Read Full Story

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Is the explosion of COVID-19 conspiracies changing people’s real-world behavior?

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More than 20 million people saw a video filled with lies about COVID-19. Researchers still don’t know how this kind of viral misinformation is impacting people’s willingness to wear masks—or to get an eventual vaccine. On Monday night, Breitbart News launched a video of a press conference from a group of physicians called America’s Frontline Doctors, wherein several doctors repeated inaccurate claims about COVID-19, its treatments, and effects. The video reached over 20 million viewers on Facebook alone before being taken down Tuesday. The fast spread of this video and its false claims raises a big question about how much this kind of information affects people’s decisions to stay home, wear a mask, and ultimately, to get vaccinated when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved. Read Full Story

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‘When can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?’ Why the government can’t answer this simple question

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Operation Warp Speed successfully helped develop a vaccine in record time, but it did not develop a plan for last-mile delivery—and Americans’ lives are at stake. After months of darkness, the nation received a glimmer of light as pictures of frontline workers getting vaccinations hit social media. But that small ray of light is dimming as nearly all states struggle to administer the vaccine with no federally coordinated rollout plan, and faulty technology guiding their efforts. Read Full Story

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