Surgeon General urges parents and officials take these steps to protect children from Covid-19

“If they are around people who are vaccinated, everyone in the household gets vaccinated, that significantly reduces the risk to our children,” Dr. Vivek Murthy said in a conversation hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

In the classroom, there are layers of protection that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has laid out to keep children safe — including wearing properly fitting masks, properly ventilating buildings and regular testing, Murthy said.

“Even though our kids do better, that doesn’t mean that Covid is benign, it doesn’t mean that it’s harmless in our children,” Murthy said. “In fact,