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Several Michigan's largest school districts in the state will not require kids to wear masks


Several of the state's largest school districts say they won't require kids to wear masks this fall.

But some medical experts believe that's a dangerous policy.

At Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, pediatrician Dr. Sandy Patel says as many as half of kids who get COVID may go on to develop long-term complications.

She says some parents are underestimating the risks for their kids:

"It's just something that's not talked about. It's sort of like, 'Oh, it's a cold. He had a cold for two weeks and he's fine, or a few days. But there definitely are some long-term complications that we're seeing, especially in our patients who have who are obese, have diabetes, they definitely have a higher risk for getting complications."

Patel says they're seeing pediatric COVID patients come in with a wide variety of symptoms, like hives, asthma, dehydration, and psychological disturbances.