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What Does Social Distancing Really Mean? Can Kids Have "Safe" Play Dates?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: It's critical for the health of your family, your community, and the world for us to remain steadfast with social distancing and self-isolation.
Air Date: 4/14/20
Duration: 13:04
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Jennifer Variste, MD
Because her visits to her pediatrician were usually positive experiences, Dr. Jennifer Variste’s desire for pediatrics began at a very young age. Later she fulfilled her dream and obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She went on to complete a pediatric residency at UT Houston Health Science Center. After residency she returned to practice in her hometown of College Station, Texas. Dr. Variste is grateful for the five years she spent treating the families there and for the relationships and connections she made.

This winter Dr. Variste and her husband began their newlywed life as newcomers to the Spring area. As a board certified pediatrician her passion is to empower moms and dads to raise their kids to lead happy healthy lives full of precious memories and discovery. She desires to create the same positive experiences for her patients that she had with her pediatrician as a young child. Dr. Variste is thankful to be a new member of the team at Family First Pediatrics and is excited for the new relationships to be made.
What Does Social Distancing Really Mean? Can Kids Have "Safe" Play Dates?
By this time in the COVID-19 pandemic, your kids might be going a little stir crazy... or a lot

Social distancing was designed to reduce the risk of the virus to thrive. But your kids, especially the little ones, don't understand why they can't have a play date or go to the playground. Older kids are also trying to find ways to sneak out of the house to meet up with their friends.

It's critical for the health of your family, your community, and the world for us to remain steadfast with social distancing and self-isolation. 

Jennifer Variste, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to explain what exactly social distancing is, why it's so important, and what kids can do during this time.
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