Omicron Variant Causes Confusion Among Parents of Immunization-Ineligible Children

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With the astronomical surge in cases brought by the Omicron variant, parents all over the US are worried for their children who are too young to get vaccinated. 

While the working populace of the country is slowly going back to pre-pandemic situations, the same cannot be said for the children. Parents are faced with difficult choices since just about every encounter has its potential risks.

Several parents have given their personal accounts on what concerns them the most with the recent upsurge of infections.

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Erin Connoly, a business owner in Maine, worries for her daughter, Madeleine, who spends her days off with her grandmother. While there’s no problem with them hanging out in and of itself, Erin worries about Madeleine who continues to resist wearing a mask. She wonders how long they can continue with this amidst the growing number of cases. 

Even with this feeling of being unsafe, Connolly is less worried about the effects of the illness and more about the separation between her children with their grandparents. Connolly also expressed her concern that her vaccinated parents may still contract the diseases especially with the record number of new cases growing daily.

Various health experts have made it clear that the new omicron variant appears to cause less severe symptoms compared with the previous variants. The CDC reported on Tuesday nearly 718,000 new cases with Omicron as the culprit for more than 90% of the cases within the USA. This record number was less than 10% just two weeks ago.

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Dr. Anthony Faucci stressed that while the new variant seems to be less severe, it is still if not more infectious than the rest. He continued that with the sheer volume of infections daily, it is more likely for children to get infected.

In the last two weeks of December last year, the number of infected children and teens has doubled with a whopping 326,000 total in just the final week, as gathered from a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

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