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VACCINE TEAM | Q&A on latest CDC guidance about summer camps

Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 4:38 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As we continue to watch vaccines roll out across Kentucky, we are here to answer your questions.

What do the latest guidelines mean for children who attend overnight or day summer camp?

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp.

“There not one strategy that’s going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple strategies can reduce the risk for everyone who’s attending,” says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician.

Here are some of the CDC’s recommendations:

“Certain activities in camps can pose more high-risks,” says Dr. Rajapakse. “Those include eating meals together. These are especially times where people really need to adhere to the physical distancing recommendations since you can’t be masked, obviously, while you’re eating. Additional kind of supervision and education for kids around those times is going to be important. And keeping most activities to the outdoors as much as possible is also one of the other recommended strategies.”

While camps might look and feel a little different, experts agree they are important.

“We know that some kids have really struggled this past year with mental health issues, feelings of isolation, anxiety, depression and, certainly, for them, being able to return to an activity like going to a summer camp ― if that’s something that they really enjoyed in the past ― may make a big difference to their well-being over the summer,” says Dr. Rajapakse.

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