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How does long COVID interrupt a child's life?

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A student receives a bandage on the arm after receiving a children's dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

We get a picture of the complexities long COVID from pediatric neurologist Dr. Laura Malone, who co-directs Kennedy Krieger’s Pediatric Post-COVID19 Rehabilitation Clinic.

Malone says everyday life can change dramatically for patients: “They can no longer play the sports they were doing. They’re having difficulty just walking the dog around the neighborhood. And they’re finding with their schoolwork, their grades are dropping. Sometimes these symptoms last a few weeks, a few months.”

Then, a COVID vaccine for kids under five may be available next month. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Rice shares concerns he’s hearing from parents, and why it makes sense to vaccinate children who have recovered from COVID. Check out this Facebook Live about vaccination.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.