Back To (In-Person) School: How Can We Do It Safely?

Originally published in Healthcare Business Today

As some of the youngest members of our communities return to school for the new year, the COVID-19 delta variant continues to soar from coast to coast at the same time. The continued spread of the virus and the increasingly contagious variant leave children extremely vulnerable and at-risk for exposure. Now more than ever, it is critical to put the health and safety of children first and use effective measures of prevention, particularly as they head back to school in larger sized groups. One primary practice to combat the spread of the delta variant in children is the implementation of reliable, consistent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Back-to-school challenges addressed with PCR testing

Children are returning to the classroom this fall without the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as it is not yet approved for young children. While there is hope that the vaccine will become available to children under 12 in the coming months, there needs to be a plan in the interim. The number of delta variant cases continues to rise in children, causing the amount of child hospitalizations to trend upward.