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How we can help our kids through the pandemic, both physically and mentally

Posted at 1:38 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 15:38:51-05

There are a lot of questions parents have about kids and COVID-19.

We turned to Dr. Dustin Monroe, Medical Director of MountainStar Children's Services, for some advice to keep children Healthy #InUtah.

Dr. Monroe says research is showing that little kids are not the ones spreading the virus. He says college students are more of the real spreaders.

If kids do get the virus, he says they are usually asymptomatic and don't often spread it to adults.

And, most kids are not showing long-term effects after having COVID-19 either.

Dr. Monroe says the mental toll COVID-19 is taking on children may be more damaging than the virus to our kids.

He says more kids are going to the hospital after trying to commit suicide because of their activities being stopped.

They are spending more time on social media and technology and not getting out for exercise or to see friends.

Dr. Monroe says the bottom line is, we need to help our kids. He suggests to find new traditions during the holidays whenever possible. Also, give kids something to look forward to.

For more information call the MountainStar free pediatric nurse line at 435-900-STAR or visit