By Jenny Goldsberry

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins appeared on Fox News Sunday to talk about how children can avoid contracting the delta variant of COVID-19. Since children under 12 cannot receive the vaccine yet, Collins suggests that they mask up instead.

“This is really a different virus than last year, and everything we learned about COVID a year ago,” Collins said. “You got to sort of hit the reset button on now how we need to react to it.”

As a result, the NIH director suggested children under 12 wear masks at school. “If delta is as contagious as we now know it is, and we want to try to put an end to a very significant uptick right now, wearing masks if you’re under 12 and can’t be vaccinated when you’re in school is a really smart thing to do,” Collins said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, out of 503,544 deaths just 296 were kids below the age of 12. That’s less than .06%.

However Collins admitted that this strategy is mostly to protect children’s teachers and family members. He called it back “a sacrifice worth making.”

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Watch the full segment here.

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