Rise in COVID-19 infection rates for children at school?

Dr. Simone Wildes answers COVID-19-related questions about in-person schooling, sports risk factors and more.
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important member of the family. We're joined now by Dr. Simone Wildes. In for Dr. Jen Ashton. Here to answer some of your key questions on coronavirus. Dr. Wildes, what are some of the factors being considered to determine whether a sport is high or low risk? Yes, Amy, this is a common question we get at this time as students are returning to school and getting involved in extracurricular activities. The risk varies from sport to sport. A few things we need to consider -- whether or not it's a contact or noncontact sport. Whether or not you're going be sharing equipment or gear. And are you able to practice social distancing doing that sport? I'd encourage you to take a look at the CDC guidelines which really outline the risks that are associated with each sport. I'm really interested in your answer to this next question, what are the factors contributing to New York's low infection rate? Yes, New York has done a really great job with regards to setting the bar for the rest of the country with how we need to slow the spread of the covid virus and the reason they have been able to do that is they've used a phased data-driven approach with regards to controlling the virus and by that, they have done rapid testing with quick isolation and contact tracing and then coupled that with the messaging of masking, hand hygiene and social distancing. And moreover, what we have seen is, the coronavirus hot spots, they have shut those things down with bars and indoor restaurants. They've shut it down. But the big thing they've used is strong leaders to say consistent messaging over and over to the residents. I think that has really helped to get the message out and help to slow the rate down of the coronavirus. All right, Dr. Wildes, last question, are we seeing an increase in infections for children who have returned to in-person instruction? Yes, I have to say we have seen an increase in the number of cases in children. In fact, the American academy of pediatrics just came out with some data that shows there's an increase number of cases, hospitalizations, and even deaths. And there was also another study that showed that there's been approximately 100,000 cases of covid-19 seen in children that went back to school at the end of July. So, you know, we do see covid-19 in children. It's not a respecter of age, we have to be vigilant in making sure that we do everything we can to mitigate the risk of covid-19 in children. All right, doctor, we appreciate it. Our doctors will be in the house all week. Skwlen be back next week. You can submit questions to her on her Instagram @drjashton.

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