Strategies are needed to manage the unintended consequences for at-risk children of COVID-19–related school closings, social distancing, overwhelming numbers of distressing public health messages, and cancelation of non-urgent healthcare visits, according to a commentary in Pediatrics. Similarly, a second commentary in the same journal outlines recommendations for pediatricians to guide assessment and mitigation of the family violence likely to endanger many children during a prolonged quarantine. COVID-19 may mean more high-risk kids In the first commentary, the authors, from Duke University, focus on three at-risk subgroups: (1) children with mental health needs, (2) children in foster care or at risk for abuse or neglect, and (3) those with complex medical conditions (CMCs) but point out that the mitigation strategies they suggest would likely benefit any child and family.

 

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