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Coronavirus Impact: How a Crisis Is Changing the U.S.

Melinda Wenner Moyer, a mom of two and a science journalist, recounted dealing with an injury to one of her children when the world is consumed by the coronavirus.

I was on a work call last week when I first heard her wails. I peeked out the window next to my desk and saw my 5-year-old splayed across our driveway, next to her bike, screaming. Then, I saw my 8-year-old help her stand up. I texted my husband: “I think she’s hurt.” Two minutes later, he was carrying my daughter inside.

When I came downstairs, I realized it was bad. I felt terrible that I hadn’t run outside immediately. My daughter was shaking, and the bandage across her forehead was dripping with blood.

Welcome to my worst nightmare. This all happened on the third Friday of March, eight days after my husband and I had pulled our children out of school before it closed because of the new coronavirus. We had been taking the outbreak seriously; we hadn’t been to a grocery store in six days. So a hospital or doctor’s office was absolutely the last place we wanted to go.

First, we made a telemedicine appointment. “Oh, that definitely needs stitches,” the doctor said immediately after I peeled back the dripping bandage. I drove my daughter to an emergency room at a children’s hospital in Westchester County, N.Y. — just 17 miles from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in New Rochelle — and told her not to touch anything. Still, within the first five minutes, I used hand sanitizer seven times.

It’s a tough time for everyone right now. But parents have to be superheroes. Many of us are expected to do several jobs at once — follow the news, cook family meals, stay calm, care for our kids and teach algebra. So kids are doing what kids do when they can get away with it: Climbing on things they shouldn’t be climbing on, riding bikes without helmets, doing somersaults on the backyard trampoline, throwing dangerous objects at their siblings’ heads.

“You can’t work and provide adequate supervision, especially for younger kids — so something’s got to give,” said Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. That could be a broken arm, a twisted ankle or, in my daughter’s case, an inch-long cut to the forehead. When I called Dr. Hoffman on the afternoon on March 23, he had just finished treating a child who had been injured while wrestling at home.

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