COVID Decisions

Making the Best Decisions When Everything’s the Worst 

The COVID situation is constantly evolving. From emerging variants to vaccine authorization for kids, there is always something new to be on top of when it comes to the coronavirus. When will children 5 and under be eligible to get the COVID vaccine? Does Omicron cause more severe disease? How should you think about the pros and cons of sending your kid to school in person or, say, eating indoors at a restaurant?

When it comes to breaking news, deep analysis of COVID risks, and more, Fatherly has you covered. That’s why we created this guide to making it through the pandemic — which is only going to get more complicated as we get into the height of flu season. So we’ve curated these expert-sourced articles to help you navigate COVID, because the pandemic is certainly not over yet.

The COVID Variants You Need to Look Out For

The original coronavirus strain has mutated, and some of these mutations make the virus better at evading the immune system, resistant to COVID treatments, cause more severe disease, or spread easier. The COVID variant that’s responsible for the recent surge in cases across the globe is the Delta variant, which is twice as transmissible as the original strain. Recently, reports of Omicron have raised new concerns. So far, it seems that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, but it’s unclear whether it causes more severe disease.

When Will Kids 5 and Under Be Eligible for the COVID Vaccine?

The COVID vaccine is now authorized for all children age 6 and above, but younger kids still aren’t eligible to get the shot. Scientists are finishing up trials for the littlest kids, and experts expect they will have the data they need by the end of the year. If all goes well, the vaccines should be available in early 2022. But if you’re hoping to get your under-5 vaxxed earlier, you may be able to by signing them up to participate in a pediatric COVID vaccine trial.