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What is it like working with kids during covid?

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Sarah’s Answer

I’m a family med resident workin in a peds ed this month. Viral illnesses everywhere with parents and all siblings sick. I walk into a room with 4-5 siblings with similar symptoms and thankfully none sick enough to be admitted. They are all covid swabbed, mostly positive. Getting use to this high volume low acuity work, but kind of bitter that covid has taken over my medical training - no complicated or interesting cases. Regardless, lots of sick kiddos. I have no other ppe other than gloves and an n95 and the kids touch everything on me- badge, hair, steth, clothes. I’m not infected yet but It will be a miracle if I leave this month without getting the ‘vid.
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Hwal’s Answer

Madelyn,

I'm a family medicine PA and take care of patients of all ages. If you could narrow your question down to a more specific one, I feel like I would be able to be even more helpful. Still, I would say working with children and adolescents during the pandemic is not so much different that it's unlikely to affect how I feel about this population of patients, if that makes sense. Yes, mask wearing has become a standard practice, and the COVID-19 infection is usually at the top of my list whenever I see a pediatric patient with known symptoms. Let me know if I can help you with any other questions.

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Joanna’s Answer

I work with a range of patient's at my office, including children and babies. I would say it is slightly different from working with adults. My office still requires face masks to be worn for adults; however, it is different for kids and babies. Most babies and children I work with dislike wearing their masks, and never really wear it when they're at the office. I usually just be sure I take precautions and wash my hands before and after working with a child/baby. Most parents are okay with their kid coming near me and hugging me so long as I have my mask on.
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