PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Restrictions have been relaxed and play dates are back. Kids of all ages are back outside and spending the day with other kids.
“They went a little crazy from home. They got irritable and cranky, but now that we’re outside they’re back to normal and that’s great,” said Windy Sanchez, mother and grandmother.
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But as their little personalities come back to life, there’s more to spread than laughter.
“When you come to the park, how clean are things? Do people come to the park even though they are sick and we don’t know?” said Sanchez.
dr. Michael Petrosky of Allegheny Health Network said pediatric practices are currently inundated with phone calls.
“We see the things we normally see in late winter, early spring. Colds, strep throat, ear infections,” said Petrosky.
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Petrosky told KDKA that these kinds of visits in the summer are highly unusual and like most things that have been out of the ordinary lately, he cites the pandemic for the rise in cases of colds in children.
“They’ve been isolated, masked and stayed at home, so they haven’t had the period where their immune systems have been exposed to some of these diseases. So we’re seeing these kids exposed for the first time,” Petrosky said.
With the threat of the coronavirus still very real for this unvaccinated population, Petrosky said testing is still a huge part of an office visit.
“The numbers are declining and we want to keep them low and the only way to do that is to spread it as little as possible. So if you’re positive, we need to do the quarantine and make you feel better so we don’t get those spikes again,” said Petrosky.
Pediatricians across the region were preparing for a common cold spike after the pandemic, but forecasts were for fall, meaning there’s still a long way to go.
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“You have to live and be careful, but it will probably get worse before it gets better,” Petrosky said.