Omicron and kids: How the pandemic burned out parents and scrambled child care of youngest kids

More kids younger than 5 are sick with Covid-19 in the US this month than at any other time in the pandemic. None of these millions of children can be vaccinated yet, and almost half of them are too young to wear a mask. This is bringing a new wave of disruptions and stress for many families — especially those that rely on day care, preschool, and other shared child care — who have already endured almost two years of strain.

Various experts have reassured parents that children are not at high risk for severe disease, hospitalization, or death