WATCH: UAB pediatric disease expert addresses COVID-19 concerns for children

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October 02 2021 06:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UAB Medicine held another Q&A discussion on the concerns facing children and COVID-19.

Dr. David Kimberlin, the co-director of UAB and Children’s of Alabama’s Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, answered questions surrounding how to keep children safe from the Delta variant and how to prepare students for the new school year.

Dr. Kimberlin began the discussion by saying how important it is for children, and Alabamians in general, to wear face coverings.

“I know that we would rather not be talking about masking in schools. I know we would rather not be talking about masking when we’re indoors. I know we would rather not be talking about the possibility that businesses will be limiting people coming in unless they’re masked or unless they’re vaccinated. I would like to be talking about something different as well but the variant that is now circulating widely in Alabama and across the United States, the Delta variant, has changed the game,” Dr. Kimberlin said. 

The Alabama Hospital Association confirmed to CBS 42 Tuesday that 33 children across the state have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Dr. Kimberlin says things will only get worse before they get better.

You can watch the full discussion in the video player above.

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