How to navigate COVID-19 with kids and as a family
August 25, 2022 - With the COVID variant, BA.5, surging through the region and the nation, what makes this viral wave so different from the others?
Two UW Medicine specialists, Pavitra Roychoudhury, acting instructor in laboratory medicine and pathology and Dr. Helen Chu, associate professor of medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, answer these and other COVID-19 questions. They also mention what steps they’re taking to try to protect themselves and their families.
Chu states, "Especially with children still going through the vaccine series, I mask indoors. I wear KN95s and my children wear KF94s. We don’t dine indoors. We dine outdoors. There’s so much BA.5. We're pretty cautious with our interactions with others. When we get together with other people we do it outdoors. And we have a ready supply of home antigen (rapid) tests."
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