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From the pandemic, we learned how to protect immunocompromised and chronically ill children from the spread of illness in public school!

From the pandemic, we learned how to protect immunocompromised and chronically ill children from the spread of illness in public school!

·   In a survey of US children, 43% have one or more chronic health problems (Figure).

· During the pandemic, immunocompromised children and those with chronic conditions such as asthma were less likely than usual to go to the Emergency Department or be hospitalized (Figure).

· Physicians and parents believe that virtual schooling made the difference because these children were not in a classroom where they could have contracted an infection from another child who was fighting a cold or other mild illness.

· If healthy children attend school with even a mild illness, it can mean a major illness for the immunocompromised or chronically ill child.

·Post-pandemic, schools need to enforce a strict policy of children not attending school in person when ill.

· With this policy in place and virtual schooling as a viable option, there is no reason to restrict West Virginia children from attending school because of vaccination status.

 

Chanda Adkins

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