Coronavirus Conversations: Kids return to school amid the surging delta variant

September 09, 2021

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Several young school children are shown sitting at desks with one girl looking back at the camera while wearing a clear face shield and mask.

Students wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 attend class during the first day of school reopening at an elementary school in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 30, 2021.


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Children around the world are returning to class, with schools opening up after a year of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the rapid spread of the more-contagious delta variant, and coronavirus vaccines not available for much of the global school-aged population, children’s health risks have become even more pressing. As a part of a regular series of conversations presented in partnership with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and as a special feature in The World's podcast feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion about the delta variant’s impact on children with Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch.

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