Yes, Judy, I’m a pediatrician and I’m a parent.
And one of the silver linings in this pandemic is, thankfully, children don’t have as severe disease, they’re less likely to be hospitalized and die. But I think, because of that, we haven’t paid enough attention to children and their needs.
There have been hundreds of children who’ve died. There have been a few thousand who’ve developed this unusual inflammatory syndrome, and we don’t know the long term consequences there. And then the social and emotional impact on children, from missing school, from not being in their social groups, from losing parents, the needs of children have to be met.
And I think, until there are safe and effective vaccines for children, we’re not going to be done with this pandemic. And we really have to heed the guidance from CDC and state and local public health.