Your Kids & Coronavirus

Mercy Pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods Discusses Your Children’s Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 13, 2020
Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore, MD

For parents, keeping kids safe from the coronavirus is a top priority.

Health experts say, based on current evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for the virus than adults. Even though we have seen some cases in children in Maryland, adults make up the majority of known cases.

According to board certified pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods of Mercy Family Care Physicians, kids need to do what we all need to do: practice social distancing.

“There shouldn't be any get-togethers at a neighbor's house. Kids should be at home. Obviously, siblings can interact as they normally would, but in terms of going over to a friend's house, it's not a good idea right now. It’s okay for children to be in their backyard playing,” Dr. Woods said.

Dr. Woods added that now is the perfect time to let them use the backyard for lessons on nature, and to instruct them on how best to practice good hygiene.

To view Mercy pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods’ interview about kids and COVID-19, click here.


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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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