“We just want school,” local pediatricians mask recommendation for children

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)— The hot topic around the nation with school set to start for many students is — masks. As the COVID-19 Delta variant swirls throughout the nation, local pediatricians are urging mask-wearing in schools.

With the school year just weeks away, Enterprise Pediatric Clinic, Dr. Nola Earnest suggests it for all school systems.

“With the Delta variant it does appear that there is a lot more transmission in the community than we had previously predicted, and so absolutely universal masking when we go back to school is gonna be the best policy,” Earnest said.

While many had high hopes for a normal school year, hospitalizations and RSV problems continue to rise because of so many COVID cases.

“There have not been enough beds for these children,” said Dr. Earnest.

Currently, Alabama has a vaccination rate of around 33 percent. This is why she’s stressing mask-wearing and vaccinations.

“Even if your child is fully vaccinated for 12-and-up, the vaccine is available for them, but even those children should wear masks.”

Regardless of what school systems may decide, mask up. For parents, Earnest has three ways you can keep your child safe.

“I would encourage all parents to get vaccinated if eligible, get their teenagers vaccinated if they are eligible, and to send their child to school in a mask,” Earnest said.

According to Earnest, this is how children will have a normal school year, an experience every child should have she said.

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