Watch: How to Protect our Children in this Era of Covid and the Delta Variant

On Wednesday, August 11th we brought together a distinguished panel of health and education experts to discuss how to best protect our children in this era of COVID 19 and the Delta variant.

COVID-19

Student/Parent Safety Checklist

1. PROTECT YOUR HOME

This will help ensure your children’s safety. Don’t allow anyone without a mask into your home who is not vaccinated.

2. WEAR A MASK

Wear a mask outside even if you’re vaccinated and especially wear a mask indoors.

3. HYGIENE

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. Remember to not touch your face, eyes, nose and/or mouth. Do not share cups, eating utensils, food and/or drinks with others. If using hand sanitizers, continue to rub your hands together until they are dry.

4. VENTILATION

It’s important to have proper ventilation in the classroom. It is recommended that the air in the classroom be completely filtered six times an hour. Please check with your school to see if their filtration system is up to this standard.

5. STAY AT HOME

If you feel sick, have a cough, fever, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, please stay home and monitor these symptoms. Follow the recommended guideline for isolation and quarantine. If your symptoms get worse, please see a doctor.

6. MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY THERAPY

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, it is recommended to begin Monoclonal Antibody Therapy. This treatment can prevent you from getting sicker or being hospitalized. This potentially lifesaving treatment should be received as soon as possible after COVID-19 symptoms begin, EVEN IF you are vaccinated. Monoclonal Antibody Therapy is available at no cost to anyone 12 years and older. For more information call 619-685-2500

7. AVOID LARGE CROWDS

Socially distance yourself by at least 6 feet. The Delta variant is very aggressive and highly contagious. Please note, COVID-19 patients are getting younger and sicker, quicker.

8. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Encourage fellow students and parents to get vaccinated and continue to get tested.

We acknowledge that this is an abbreviated checklist and does not exhaust all recommendations.

The COVID-19 Delta Variant is a much more infections version of COVID-19.  While vaccination still offers protection from serious illness, even vaccinated people can be infected by and spread the Delta Variant.  A doctor from the Mayo Clinic put it this way:

Don’t be deceived that ‘I got this far and I am OK.’ This is a very different variant. It will find you.

It is imperative that we all know how to protect ourselves and our kids and one another from this new variant of the disease.  It’s especially urgent with the re-opening of in-person schooling, and we will have Educational representatives on the line to discuss their plans for keeping students and educators safe.

Our Panel

Family Physician and Medical Director, Alliance Health Center
Dr. Suzanne Afflalo is a Family Physician, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica WI, worked at Kaiser Permanente as a partner of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) for 23 years and retired in 10/2015. She received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles…
Chair, Health Committee, NAACP San Diego Branch
Jerome A. Robinson, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital now Drexel University. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention, a Fellow of the American Society of Hypertension, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Physicians…
Medical Consultant, Public Health Services, HHSA
Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan is a Board Certified Preventive Medicine Physician who aims to work on the population level to address health-related issues. Continuing his work to protect and promote the health of all San Diegans as the former Deputy Public Health Officer for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Public Health Services, he currently serves as a Medical Consultant for the County…
Pediatrician
I am Dr. Naomi Lawrence-Reid, M.D.- a board-certified general pediatrician who hails from the Greater Boston Area. I am a graduate of Wake Forest University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed my pediatrics residency at Albert Einstein/Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, NY…

Also on the Line

Chief of Educational Equity and Support Services, Sweetwater Union High School District
Richard Vernon Moore is a San Diego native and the son of Drs. Gene and Juel Moore. In 1994, Vernon earned his bachelors’ degree from UCLA. In 2014, Vernon earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from SDSU. His research into the dynamic systems that surround education culminated with his dissertation, titled Bureaucratic Structures in Urban High Schools…
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