Philly pediatrician: Who will care for the children of COVID-19 patients?

By Dorothy R. Novick, For The Inquirer

Perhaps the only saving grace of the novel coronavirus is that it largely spares my pediatric patients from severe disease. But this pandemic presents a different sort of threat to children: The threat of being stranded should their parents fall ill.

Last week, a mother with worsening coronavirus infection brought her baby to my practice to be seen. The baby had been coughing, she said, her words muffled by the surgical mask that covered her mouth and nose. On her lap, the little girl squirmed as I checked her ears, nose, and lungs. Thankfully, she had no more than a cold.

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