The president’s top medical adviser says that vaccinated parents should still keep their children in face masks while they are playing with other children, even outside.
“When the children go out into the community, you want them to continue to wear masks when they’re interacting with groups or multiple households,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation.
The comment came in a wide-ranging discussion about mutant variants of the Covid-19 virus, and how soon the nation can expect to open up.
Host Margaret Brennan asked Fauci, “So if parents are vaccinated, they still do need to be concerned about their unvaccinated children playing together in groups. Is that right?”
Fauci replied: “Yeah, the children can clearly wind up getting infected. When we talk about what you can do when you’re vaccinated, you can certainly have members of a family if the adults are vaccinated and you’re in the home with your child, you don’t need to wear a mask and you can have physical contact.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said children are less likely to spread the virus and when they do, and rarely experience illness from it. Yet, for many children, their lives have been diminished by lockdowns and mandates, including year-long school closures. The television interviewer did not address the adverse effects of the various government policies, including increased childhood anxiety, depression and obesity.