Fearful. Uncertain. Overwhelmed. Committed. Hopeful. Pediatricians around the world have cycled through these emotions when considering the health and safety of patients and families during this coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We worry about the direct medical effects of COVID-19. We also worry about the ancillary effects of the lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, closed clinics, schools, and daycare centers, and newly unemployed parents on the well-being of children. We focus on those concerns. We believe that responding to these ancillary effects of COVID-19 will be a bigger challenge for pediatricians than the clinical care of children with COVID-19. These challenges will be with us for the foreseeable future.
Investigator, CHEO Research Institute