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The Urgency of Normal
An advocacy toolkit
and companion webinar for parents, students, mentors, teachers, administrators, and everyone invested in taking the best possible care of our children

January 26, 2022

A group of medical professionals have created an advocacy toolkit intended to help everyone who is in a position to affect policy decisions for schools and/or extracurricular activities for children. As scientists and physicians, our role is to inform people with accurate data, to help frame risk by putting data into context, and to provide nuanced guidance about complex issues.
We continue to update the toolkit in response to peer feedback and to incorporate the most current research. Our toolkit reflects our most accurate and complete understanding of children, COVID and the urgency of normal.

Covid vs Flu

A Comparison in Four Charts

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Data on Risk to Kids

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Immunocompromised children and young people are at no increased risk of severe COVID-19

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Pediatric hospitalizations are on the rise, but not from COVID

January 2022

UK immunocompromised paediatric patients were at no increased risk of severe COVID-19.

January 2022

“COVID isn’t the problem,” Dr. Bradley explained. “It’s all the other viruses we’re seeing every year like RSV, and we’re beginning to see influenza, but there’s no kids admitted in the hospital COVID-pneumonia, period.”

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State of Affairs: Pediatrics and Omicron


Kids Shouldn’t Have to Be ‘Resilient’

January 13, 2022

In this post, I frame the data a little differently to address “numerator thinking” vs. “denominator thinking.” I think explains why there is substantial disagreement throughout the pandemic on almost everything. This is particularly the case in regards to the perception of the threat SARS-CoV-2 has on children.

January 25, 2022

Children are the least at-risk population, but in many areas of the country they continue to face draconian mitigation policies—either in their name (low chance of serious COVID complications doesn’t mean no chance) or in the name of protecting their elders.


Protecting the Vulnerable

February 14, 2022

We offer a guide to protecting the elderly, immunocompromised and unvaccinated from Covid.

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Long COVID in Kids

Long COVID symptoms and duration in SARS-CoV-2 positive children — a nationwide cohort study

January 9, 2022

Long COVID in children is rare and mainly of short duration. 0.8% of SARS-CoV-2 positive children reported symptoms lasting >4 weeks (‘long COVID’), when compared to a control group.

Long Covid in children 'nowhere near scale feared'

September 1, 2021

The risk of "long Covid" in children is much lower than many had feared, leading child health experts have said.

Daily MIS-C Cases and COVID-19 Cases Reported to CDC (7-Day Moving Average)

January 31, 2022

Incidences of MIS-C continue to decline with each new variant.

Controlled studies ease worries of widespread long Covid in kids

February 14, 2022

Uncertainty about the effect of Covid-19 on children is gradually being replaced by reassuring news.

First, severe complications from Covid-19 are extremely rare in those under age 18. In Connecticut and Massachusetts, the states where we practice medicine, far fewer than 1% of those under age 18 diagnosed Covid have needed to be hospitalized, and that number is declining. 

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