After school activities, clusters create where coronavirus can spread among children, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We know that these increases are due in part to more highly transferable variants, which we are very closely monitoring,” Walensky said Monday in the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned about the spread of Covid-19 among children participating in youth sports.
To be sure of the field
There may be a higher risk of Covid-19 transmission in informal settings such as leisure activities and sports compared to formal settings because people may be more likely to fail their guard, said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen.
She advises children to play outdoors whenever possible and not share water bottles. Children must also be on high alert in cupboard areas and changing rooms.
Parents should educate themselves about their sports league protocols if a player tests positive, Wen said. Some questions she advises parents on are: “Will they be contacted immediately if there is a positive case? How is contact tracking performed?”
“With a more contagious variant, it means that the activities we thought were safer will now be at higher risk,” Wen said.
CNN’s Jen Christensen and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.