The PedsDocTalk Podcast

The COVID-19 Pandemic: What About Our Kids?

March 17, 2021 Dr. Mona Amin
The PedsDocTalk Podcast
The COVID-19 Pandemic: What About Our Kids?
Show Notes

It is the year anniversary of this pandemic being declared by the WHO. We have seen many lives lost, many families impacted, and are always being required to stay flexible with changing guidance, research, and data.

When it comes to kids, many parents have felt like guidance has been lacking. 

We know kids are not severely affected with complications as much as older adults, but they are at risk of getting this illness. And some risk is still risk.

I invited Jessica Malaty Rivera (@jessicamalatyrivera on Instagram), who is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist,  Science Communication Lead at The COVID Tracking Project, and mother.  

We discuss the pandemic as it stands and what it means for our children and some of the following:

  • What does Jessica do as an infectious disease epidemiologist?
  • When do we foresee kids receiving the vaccines?
  • Is there a chance kids won't need the vaccine?
  • Why is it important to test the vaccine in children?
  • Why is a vaccine important for kids even if they are not as affected by severe disease? 
  • What has been the hardest part of being on social media and spreading evidence-based information during this pandemic? 
  • How to most recent CDC guidelines (From March 8th) regarding vaccinated adults impacts those with children. 

Tune in and make sure to follow us @jessicamalatyrivera and @pedsdoctalk for more COVID-related education! 

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