A mother-of-three from Atlanta shared the ‘sobering’ conversation she had with her family’s pediatrician, who warned her that her children will eventually come home with Covid-19 if they go back to school.
Aisha Saeed took to Twitter and explained that the doctor is someone she trusts.
“I asked her point blank “You’ve known me since my kids were infants what should I do?”
“She said that though the rhetoric is kids are not as affected, she has seen a lot of kids coming in w/ COVID. Not much March thru May but ever since summer camps opened, kids are coming in,” Saeed wrote.
The New York Times bestselling author continued: “She said it’s a 10% positive test rate at their clinic. And kids are coming in with high fevers. Not the asymptotic stories I mostly hear. No Kawasaki yet either thankfully, but definitely kids who are pretty ill.
“She said if I choose to send my kids to in person school I need to accept that my children will come home with it eventually. There is so much community spread here.”
The 40-year-old mom concluded: “That’s it. That’s the thread. It may be nothing revolutionary but it was sobering for me because headlines and pundits are one thing, but a doctor I’ve trusted my children’s well being too since each were born… that opinion goes a long way for me.
“Also- I want to add, It was NOT what I wanted to hear. I asked her secretly hoping she’d comfort me and talk me down (as she has since they were babies). I wanted the solace of her waving the worries away. Didn’t happen today.”
One mom replied: “Thanks for sharing. I’ve secretly also wanted to chat up our pediatrician and my oldest is 19. You confirmed my fear that this would be like the time I took in my 3rd kiddo at 5 wks old wanting the “it’s fine, nothing to worry about” and instead was admitted ASAP.”
Another wrote: “I am agonizing over this. We have a 5yo. She’s supposed to start Kindergarten in a month. She can’t learn online. My husband and I work full time from home. If I keep her home, I’ll lose my job and she’ll have delays. I don’t know what to do.”
A third added: “I talked to my doctor about sending my son to daycare. He said don’t do it. Not what I was expecting to hear.”
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