A Mayo doctor's top tips on how to protect young kids from the delta variant


September 22, 2021

Dr. Nipunie S. Rajapakse is a physician who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases.

I had filled my online shopping cart with boxes of dinosaur-patterned masks, waiting to hit "buy" until I could talk to Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse. She's a Mayo Clinic physician who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

Being a parent during the pandemic has been an exhausting and seemingly endless exercise in risk assessment - one I seem to be failing regularly. The kids are back in school, but with the rise of delta, we're not yet back to normal. It's worth remembering "the unvaccinated" in America includes 48 million children under 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

That's why I was eager to sit down with Rajapakse and ask her advice on everything from whether I should let my kids have a sleepover to which masks to buy.



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