Pediatric physician pleads with parents to take delta variant seriously

Director of children’s hospital has serious warning for parents

Dan Matics reports that.

NS. PETERSBURG, fl. – A top doctor from one of the state’s largest children’s hospitals begs parents to take the delta variant seriously as hundreds of thousands of students go back to school in Pinellas County without mask mandates.

dr. Joseph Perno, the chief physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s in St. Petersburg, says the delta variant is five times more transmissible, adding that the majority of his patients have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“If the state isn’t going to do it, we need to be smarter,” said Dr. Perno. “I’m not happy, I beg the parents to protect your child… put a mask on your child, if you can get them vaccinated, get them vaccinated.”

On Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis stuck to his policy against mask mandates in schools, saying parents should decide what’s best for their children.

DeSantis says that when placed in context, the rising number of pediatric cases is proportional to the overall increase.

The state saw nearly 13,600 cases last week among people under the age of 12, which is almost as many cases among those over 65.

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