In this special episode, Dr. Lena and Dr. Dean talk about disease due to the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss major developments this week including new research in the news reporting viral mutations and the implications for immunity and vaccine development, what to expect when schools reopen, reports revealing the significant inflammatory syndrome Kawasaki disease associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection, and discuss the importance of well child care during this time including routine immunizations.
Note that the information provided was accurate at the time this episode was recorded, but that this is a rapidly changing situation.
This episode written by Dr. Lena van der List, Christopher Ward and Dr. Dean Blumberg.
We thank Christopher Ward of FORGE Architects for developing the reopening schools discussion.
- B Korber et al. Spike mutation pipeline reveals the emergence of a more transmissible form of SARS-CoV-2
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- New York City Health Department 2020 Health Alert #13: Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19
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