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For Steve Emfinger, donating his blood plasma at CHOC Children’s was fast, painless and a way to give meaning to his battle with COVID-19. “It was very simple,” he said. “And to know it’s helping kids is very cool.” Registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the CHOC Children’s Blood Bank is available to … continue reading
Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, some teens are struggling with staying home more than usual, disappointment over canceled events, and wearing masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public for those over age 2. The governor of California has mandated that face coverings be worn by … continue reading
Kids are still kids, even during a pandemic – they play, they get sick and sometimes they get hurt. We spoke to Dr. Angela Dangvu, a CHOC Children’s pediatrician, about what parents can do to keep kids safe this summer. COVID-19 precautions With no vaccine currently available, the best way to prevent illness is to … continue reading
We know that all parents want to keep their children healthy and safe. Although COVID-19 affects different people in different ways, research has shown that obesity puts children – and adults – at increased risk of severe illness. According to 2016 data from the Let’s Get Healthy California task force, 20.2% of children age 0-5 … continue reading
By Dr. Rahul Bhola, pediatric ophthalmologist and medical director of ophthalmology at CHOC Children’s Like many physicians continuing to offer care during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have transitioned many appointments to telehealth, so patients can still get the care they need while practicing social distancing. At CHOC Children’s, we adjusted our policies and practices to … continue reading
We know how frightening the COVID-19 pandemic may be for parents – especially parents of immunocompromised children. At this time, the full impact of COVID-19 on children, especially those with compromised immune systems, is unknown. However, limited information so far shows that most healthy children with the virus have done well. Here are some recommendations … continue reading