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Sam Fazeli

Children and Covid-19: What We Know and Don’t Know

The fast-spreading delta variant has increased Covid-19 risks among children, a cohort that had largely been spared during the pandemic. Here are the facts.

The spread of delta has increased infections and disease even among children, a worrisome development with school starting.

The spread of delta has increased infections and disease even among children, a worrisome development with school starting.

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For much of the pandemic, Covid-19 posed the biggest risk to adults — particularly the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions — with children making up a small subset of the severely affected. But the emergence of the highly transmissible delta variant has increased infections and disease even among kids, a worrisome development given that most children still aren’t cleared for vaccines and schools are set to reopen. Sam Fazeli, a Bloomberg Opinion contributor who covers the pharmaceutical industry for Bloomberg Intelligence, answers questions about the increased risks children face. The conversation has been edited and condensed.

What do we know about Covid's risk to children at this point?