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Expect More Children with Coronavirus, Warns Dr Anthony Fauci

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Last Updated: August 13, 2021, 08:32 IST

Dr Anthony Fauci said that the new variant seems to be spreading at a reasonably rapid rate in South Africa.

Dr Anthony Fauci said that the new variant seems to be spreading at a reasonably rapid rate in South Africa.

Fauci said at least 117 countries around the world are facing the delta variant, which is more than twice as transmissible than the previous strain of coronavirus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can expect to see more children infected with the coronavirus as the highly transmissible delta variant extends its hold across the country. Quantitatively, you will see more children in the hospital, the government's top infectious disease expert said at Thursday's coronavirus briefing. Fauci said at least 117 countries around the world are facing the delta variant, which is more than twice as transmissible than the previous strain of coronavirus. However, it's still not clear whether the delta variant leads to more severe illness in children, Fauci said.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the best way to protect young children not yet eligible for vaccines is for their parents to get shots. The CDC is also studying so-called long COVID in children. Early data suggests those lingering symptoms are not nearly as prevalent among children as adults, but Walensky said more study is needed.

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first published:August 13, 2021, 08:32 IST
last updated:August 13, 2021, 08:32 IST