I'm a Pediatrician and Can't Wait to Throw Out My Mask. But Here's Why I'm Concerned.

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Even though overall the risk of serious illness from COVID is low in children, low is not the same as none, and severe cases in younger patients are very real.
Like everyone who has taken the pandemic seriously and upended their lives to keep themselves from getting or spreading COVID-19, I am extremely excited to be able to put my life back together again.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new, and much more liberated, set of guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID. Everyone who is two weeks past their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson one, can return to both indoor and outdoor activities in most settings. This is wonderful, and very welcome news, though I've gotten used to lip syncing to Dua Lipa while doing my grocery shopping, and will probably just keep doing it even if everyone will be able to see me now.

Since I'm a pediatrician, my work life will still be masked for now, given that health-care settings are one of the exceptions to lifting masks for vaccinated people. One of these days, I hope I'll be able to let my patients see me smiling at them again. But I'm happy to do everything I can to make sure those patients are safe.

It's thinking about those patients that gives me one of my limited reservations about these new guidelines, however. While the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in patients 12 and over (and I have…
Daniel Summers
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