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Hong Kong Study Finds That BA.2 COVID-19 Variant is More Severe for Children

Researchers in Hong Kong studied the severity of the BA.2 variant among a small number of children who were hospitalized for the most recent COVID-19 strain. They found that children who were hospitalized with the BA.2 variant were 18 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and seven times more likely to die compared to those hospitalized with the flu.

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Should COVID-19 Vaccination Be Mandatory in Schools?: Here's What Experts Think

While several states are already considering implementing vaccine mandates in the educational setting, experts think that it’s too early to require children to get their COVID-19 shots. According to a professor at the Hastings College of Law in California, vaccine mandates are currently premature, and considering the rate of vaccine hesitancy, it would be best to introduce it three to six months later down the line. 

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How to Help Children and Adolescents Understand COVID-19
Unlike adults who have a solid and informed understanding of the current global crisis, children and adolescents may not be as aware. Parents should make sure that their kids hear reliable facts and information about COVID-19 and help them understand the changes that have been happening around them. We round up some tips on how to talk to your child about COVID-19.
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