Cincinnati pediatricians answer questions about children delta variant

Cylee Reinhart-Morrison, kindergarten teacher at Rockdale Academy in Avondale, talks with students at the Rockdale Block Party, Aug. 16. Cincinnati Public Schools opened last Thursday

School, sports, after-school clubs, and don't forget study groups, mostly indoors. It's a kid's life in the fall, her growth, academically, physically, socially and emotionally. And this year, the delta variant interweaves through it all – and questions about children's protection hover just above.

Meanwhile, no vaccine has been authorized for use in children under the age of 12. Schools have returned to session with wide variations in mask requirements. Masking has even resulted in court cases in Northern Kentucky and against one suburban Cincinnati district.

We asked several Cincinnati-area pediatricians you might know to answer seven questions about the delta variant and how it affects children. 

Here's who we talked to: 

  • Dr. John La Count, pediatrician, St. Elizabeth Physicians, Florence.
  • Dr. Robert Frenck, pediatrician, director, Vaccine Research Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
  • Dr. Robyn Gorman, pediatrician, TriHealth’s Queen City Physicians – Madeira Pediatrics.
  • Dr. Jennifer Forrester, associate professor of medicine and associate chief medical officer, UC Health.
  • Dr. Camille Graham, chair, pediatric council, regional medical director, Mercy Health Physicians.

Here's what we asked, and what they said:

How susceptible are children in the unvaccinated age range?

La Count: "Delta is much more contagious and seems to have a significant amount of additional morbidity in children. With delta, the response of unvaccinated children is reminiscent of the response adults had to the first variety."

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