Luke, 2, can’t stand a mask and his mother is constantly worried about his safety.
“I have his mask right here,” he said, “he won’t wear it because he’s two years old and he can’t get it.”
She said the full reopening of California on June 15 worries her because people will start unmasking.
“I’m nervous about him,” she said. “It’s so innocent, taking it out with people without a mask makes me nervous.”
Despite being on the verge of full reopening, children under 12 are still not eligible for vaccination. The CDC and health officials say children in this age group should continue to wear face shields to protect themselves.
Pediatrician Roshni Mathew said children need socialization, but that every family should weigh the risks of allowing their children to interact with others. He said outdoor activities are the safest and reminds parents that children are not as susceptible to COVID-19.
“Children get infected but at a slower rate than adults,” he said. “They can transmit the infection, although at lower rates than adults and they get less sick when they become infected, they are less likely to get really sick and die.”
Loyalty’s 1-year-old mother is now comfortable letting her go to the park. But when the state relaxes restrictions, it will be more careful about where it leads.
Luke’s mother, who is 35 weeks pregnant, said she will not take her children out in public once the rules are lifted. He doesn’t trust everyone to do the right thing and put on a mask if they’re not vaccinated, but he claims them.
“Think about children and people who can’t be vaccinated,” he said. “Is it fair for them to put them at risk?”