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Children and Covid: Your Questions, Answered

As schools reopen, we respond to queries from parents about how the coronavirus will affect the return to classrooms.

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Aug. 23, 2021, 6:00 a.m. ET

Hosted by Kevin Roose

Produced by Michael Simon Johnson, Sydney Harper, Chelsea Daniel and Annie Brown

With Soraya Shockley and Robert Jimison

Edited by Dave Shaw and Lisa Chow

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When will vaccinations realistically be available for children under 12? How dangerous is the coronavirus for youngsters? What symptoms should parents be looking for?

As the number of coronavirus infections in the United States surges, and school districts begin to reopen for in-person learning, some parents are apprehensive and full of questions.

Recently, The Daily asked parents to send in their queries about children and Covid. We received about 600 responses.

With the help of Emily Anthes, a reporter who covers the coronavirus, we try to provide some answers.

On today’s episode

Emily Anthes, a health and science reporter for The New York Times.

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Teachers and students outside Lamar Elementary School in San Antonio this month, after the district added a mask mandate.Credit…Matthew Busch for The New York Times

Background reading

With the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, classrooms are opening their doors to a different pandemic. Here is how to think about risk.

What was supposed to be a new, relatively normal year has become a politicized, bewildering experience for many parents, students and educators.

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Transcripts of each episode are available by the next workday. You can find them at the top of the page.

Emily Anthes contributed reporting.

The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Annie Brown, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Daniel Guillemette, Robert Jimison, Mike Benoist, Liz O. Baylen, Asthaa Chaturvedi, Kaitlin Roberts, Rachelle Bonja, Diana Nguyen, Marion Lozano, Soraya Shockley, Corey Schreppel, Anita Badejo, Rob Szypko, Elisheba Ittoop and Chelsea Daniel.

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