How we armed ourselves for COVID-19 this year


A look at how we learned to protect ourselves and our patients from COVID-19 over the past year.

It was a year like no other, but that didn't mean we had to hide under our beds and wait for COVID-19 to pass. Throughout the United States (and the world), best practices to protect the public and its first responders were put into place and updated throughout 2020, so that life, in certain instances at least, could continue as "normally" as possible

Thanks to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), we continued to alert you to new and revised guidelines to keep your patients as safe as possible, such as in the case of playing sports, where updated recommendations included labeling a child's personal effects (water bottle, tissue box, etc.); remaining in a car or designated area until the game begins; and avoid sports huddles, sharing food or drinks with teammates, and cheering in close proximity. You can read the full article here.

We also shared with you stories on the best hand sanitizers as well as the best materials for face masks, the best ways to triage and use telemedicine for office visits, and, during this past summer, we talked to Dr Andrew Schuman about how technology can slow the spread of COVID-19.

Now that we are moving into 2021, with 2 vaccines on the market, as well as plans to start including children in FDA trials for vaccines, we will continue to update you on all you need to know regarding this pandemic.

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Tina Tan, MD, FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS, editor in chief, Contemporary Pediatrics, professor of pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, pediatric infectious diseases attending, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
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