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Pediatrics During the Time of COVID-19

Dr. Angela D'Alessandro

COVID-19, and the novel coronavirus that causes it, have presented huge challenges for the medical community around the world. And as the understanding of the virus, and the disease it causes, has evolved as new information comes in — and best practices for how to treat it have been refined — it's the local doctors who have to collect and distill all of that information so they can best apply it. All while doing the job of being a doctor.

And while children are testing positive at a higher rate now than a few months ago, far fewer children have tested positive for the coronavirus overall, and most children experience mild symptoms when they get it. There is growing evidence that children might be able to spread the virus even while not showing symptoms, but it's still not entirely clear.

To explore what it's like being a pediatrician during this time of COVID-19 we spoke with Dr. Angela D’Alessandro from Physicians’ Primary Care in Fort Myers.

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Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.