COVID-19 can be serious in children
How to safely make plans with your kids
- Seeing fully vaccinated relatives. If grandparents are also fully vaccinated, setting up a visit – and exchanging hugs – should be safe. Having children wear masks inside or getting together outside at a park are additional precautions you could consider, especially if anyone has a compromised immune system.
- Arranging a playdate. Considering the other parent or parents you’d be visiting are fully vaccinated, setting up time for your children to connect with friends they haven’t seen in-person is a relatively low-risk activity provided some precautions are taken. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children stay six feet apart and wear masks. Outdoor playdates are safer than visiting indoors.
- Taking a trip. Right now, the CDC still advises that people who are not fully vaccinated refrain from traveling. If you must travel as a family, you should follow all COVID-19 precautions including masking up at all times in public, and any unvaccinated members of the family should be tested 1-3 days before domestic travel and again 3-5 days after travel. They should also stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days if they don’t get tested at the conclusion of travel. Driving to your destination as opposed to flying could is a good measure to limit potential exposure to the virus.
- Eating at a restaurant. The safest way to dine out with unvaccinated children is to eat outside. Risk of exposure is higher indoors and since everyone will need to take their masks off to eat, sticking to restaurant patios is your safest bet until your children are vaccinated. Takeout is also a safe option – on nice days, take a to-go feast to a park’s picnic table if you’re craving a way to get out of the house.
- Fully Vaccinated and 'Excited' to Share with Her Communities
- Second Grade Teacher 'Hopeful' After Receiving Vaccine
- Some COVID Patients Face a Long Road to Recovery