All the news comes back to Covid some way or another. It can be really hard to find factual, straightforward information that isn’t designed to draw clicks. Emily Oster (a past podcast guest!) has built a useful database of school information, and sends out a newsletter. Sarah and I read Dr. Kelly Fradin’s essay in that newsletter on how parents should be thinking through issues these days, and we knew we’d love to have her as a guest on Best of Both Worlds as well.
Fradin is a pediatrician in New York City with a public health background. She offered us her thoughts on the current research about kids and Covid. She discussed what she feels comfortable doing with her family, and shared her perspective on risk. In short, the human brain is primed to focus on new threats (such as Covid) and tends to downplay the risk level of existing threats (such as RSV or influenza) and the secondary threats that happen because of the focus on the new threat (such as the mental health crisis young people are facing). This was a really thought-provoking episode, so please give it a lesson, and then check out Fradin’s new book, Parenting in a Pandemic.
In the Q&A section, we discuss a listener’s struggle to deal with her planning nature given the realities of a new baby. Babies are challenging, and we encourage the listener to move beyond all-or-nothing thinking as she adjusts to parenthood.