How Worried Should Parents Be About Increasing COVID Cases Now?

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Experts are tracking a rise in cases. Is a surge coming?

COVID cases are on the rise again — just as the back-to-school season is starting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalizations have increased by 12.5% this week (the CDC is no longer tracking case numbers, so we can’t measure the rise in them directly). It’s unlikely transmission will drop again on a dime. So how worried should parents be about their kids getting COVID, or getting it themselves — and of getting seriously ill from it? What steps should they be taking to prepare for a potential surge? And when will we be able to get a booster shot?