Episode 20 - Children and COVID-19 with Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Kristin Moffitt

Children seem to have much stronger immunity than adults to COVID-19, but there may be more to it than what meets the eye.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Expert and Harvard Professor Dr. Kirstin Moffitt explores the effects of COVID specifically in relation to children, and the new developments around vaccines, trials, infections, and so much more.

 

TIMESTAMPS:

(1:46) How has the focus at Boston's Children’s Hospital changed during the COVID pandemic?

(3:28) Why is there a disparity in fatalities among minority born children who contract COVID

(6:54) With many vaccines entering their final phases, what is the process of enlisting large groups of people for trials?

(8:29) How strong is the sentiment of anti-COVID-vaccine at the moment, and does it have much of a relation to the general anti-vaccine movement? 

(9:17) Is the crowding of housing in NYC contributing to a larger viral load in patients? 

(10:10) Now that restaurants are opening up for dine-in more and more, will Dr. Moffitt be dining in? 

(11:55) Is it still necessary to be wiping down your groceries and mail? Is surface transmission much of a concern anymore?

(13:40) Tips and tricks for explaining and encouraging kids of all ages to take the virus seriously 

(16:10) What is the current status of the risks of vaping in relation to contracting COVID?

(18:34) Does the weather have much of an impact on the virus? 

(19:30) Does having a more mild or more extreme version of the virus produce different antibodies post-recovery?

(21:25) Why do some people suffer from a much longer version of the virus than others?

(23:58) Why is it bad to give children aspirin if they might be suffering from COVID?

(25:30) Are we seeing more cases of reinfection now than when the virus first broke out?

(28:12) At what point should one decide to check themselves into the hospital when they feel they might be suffering from COVID-like symptoms?

(29:27) Why does COVID affect your sense of taste?

(31:50) Will countries be exporting their vaccines once they’ve been developed and proven?

(32:38) How will Dr. Moffitt change the way she teaches her infectious disease students at Harvard after living through the destruction of COVID-19?

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