Extracurricular activities are creating groups where the coronavirus can spread among children, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We know that these increases are due, in part, to more highly communicable variants, which we are monitoring very closely,” Walensky said Monday at the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, warned of the spread of Covid-19 among children participating in youth sports.
Staying safe in the field
There may be a higher risk of Covid-19 transmission in informal settings like after-school activities and sports compared to formal settings because people are more likely to let their guard down, said Dr. Leana Wen, a medical analyst at CNN.
She recommends that children play outside whenever possible and not share water bottles. Children should also be on high alert in locker and locker room areas.
Parents should inquire about their sports league protocols if a player tests positive, Wen said. Some of the questions he advises parents are: “Will they be contacted promptly if there is a positive case? How is contact tracing done?”
“With a more contagious variant, that means that activities that we thought were safer will now have a higher risk,” Wen said.
CNN’s Jen Christensen and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.