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NIH Director says masks on children under 12 ‘is a really smart thing to do’

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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.”

Watch the full segment here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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