In the News, COVID-19

Neurological, Cardiac Issues Linger in COVID-19 Youth

October 8, 2020, by   Voice of America

Sean O’Leary, associate professor of pediatrics-infectious diseases at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, told VOA that in response to the wave of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., many universities shut down their campuses, sent students home, or asked them to return from spring break to clean out their rooms, and then put them on airplanes for points around the country.

State of Michigan not releasing details of kids’ coronavirus deaths

October 7, 2020, by  Detroit Free Press

“There should be transparency around what we know everywhere,” said Sean O’Leary, who also is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children's Hospital Colorado. “We really need to understand what’s going on. ... It does surprise me that they’re not being more forthcoming with those data.” 

Confusion about Trump’s COVID-19 infection fits a long pattern of skimpy details about presidential health

October 3, 2020, by  Boston Globe

After hearing Conley’s press conference on Saturday, Matthew Wynia, director of the Center of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, said he worried the public was hearing “contradictory statements” that make “things even more uncertain than they need to be.” 

Health officials announce additional publicly-funded flu shots, urge vaccination during COVID-19 pandemic

October 1, 2020, by  9News

Sean O’Leary, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus/Children’s Hospital Colorado, cautioned against assuming a mild flu season will occur in the U.S., saying most areas are not under the same kinds of restrictions now. He also said there were high influenza vaccination rates in Southern Hemisphere. "So that may have played a role," he said.” 

Colorado health officials: Flu vaccine is the best way to reduce dual impact of COVID-19, influenza

October 1, 2020, by  Denver7 abc

Dr. Sean O’Leary speculated the situation and said, "Colorado is doing a bit better than the national average, but we still have a lot of room for improvement".  

Some Who Survive COVID-19 Never Really Get Well

September 29, 2020, by  The New York Times

“It’s an important area for study because we’re still learning a lot about the virus, particularly about its impact on children,” said Sean O’Leary. 

Child deaths tied to COVID-19 remain remarkably low, months into U.S. pandemic

September 25, 2020, by  The Washington Post

“I don’t want people to get the impression that it’s completely benign in children,” said Sean O’Leary.

‘Just a Small Play Date’? You Still Need to Be Careful

September 24, 2020, by  The New York Times

Dr. Sean O’Leary summarizes his thoughts and quoted “The fact that children are now making up a larger percentage of overall hospitalizations suggests to me that relative to the general population, more kids are getting infected”.  

CU Scientists Secure $1 Million to Explore COVID-19 and Down Syndrome

September 22, 2020, by  Guest Contributor

Studies could advance treatments for all patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 

Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?

September 22, 2020, by  Pioneer

With other respiratory viruses, “young children are the germ factories. In this case, it’s different and we don’t really know why,’’ said Dr. Sean O’Leary of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

Pediatric COVID-19 cases surpass half-million

September 9, 2020, by  Healio

As we enter influenza season, Dr. Sean O’Leary recommends everyone get the influenza vaccination.  

It’s Not Easy to Get a Coronavirus Test for a Child

September 8, 2020, by  New York Times

There is no good reason not to do it in kids,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary…“It’s a matter of people not being comfortable with doing it.  

How COVID-19 is affecting kids, in 4 charts

September 4, 2020, by  Advisory Board

Dr. Sean O'Leary acknowledged that some of the increase in reported cases among ...  

Infectious disease specialist says Colorado schools are ‘doing well’ minimizing spread of COVID-19

September 3, 2020, by  Fox 31 Denver

While still early, Dr. Sean O’Leary said schools that have opened for in-person learning are doing a good job so far.  

Teen and Children hospitalizations, deaths from coronavirus increasing: report

August 31, 2020, by  The Hill

Infections among children appear to increase with general community spread, states Dr. Sean O’Leary

How is in-person learning going in Colorado? So far, so good, parents and experts say

August 31, 2020, by  The Daily Camera

Dr. Sean O’Leary expects positive cases will come in from the outside, rather than being contracted at school. 

U.S. Coronavirus Rates Are Rising Fast Among Children

August 31, 2020, by  New York Times

Substantial community spread in many parts of the U.S. are corresponding with more infections among children.  

Doctors Watch for Long-Term Side Effects as Child COVID-19 Cases Rise

August 25, 2020, by  Newsmax

“We are still learning a lot about the virus, particularly its impact on children,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary.  

How to recognize COVID-19 symptoms in children

August 24, 2020, by  Fox19 Now

Dr. Sean O’Leary states there have been 90 deaths in children within the past few months.  

PolitiFact: Ron DeSantis says COVID-19 is a lower risk for school-aged kids than flu

August 20, 2020, by  Tampa Bay Times

Dr. Sean O’Leary said the growing number of U.S. deaths could be another reason to think about COVID-19 and children.  

At least 97,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 in last two weeks of July

August 17, 2020, by  The Louisiana Weekly

“I think it’s showing that, yes, kids can get infected and can spread the infection,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary  

Why Are COVID-19 Cases Rising in Kids?

August 13, 2020, by  WCBS NewsRadio 880

"It’s not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children,” O’Leary said. “We’ve had 90 deaths in children in the U.S. already, in just a few months." 

Arizona has the highest rate of pediatric COVID-19 in the US, report says

August 13, 2020, by  USA Today

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the situation and said, “What we do know from these data is that, in children, deaths continue to remain much lower than in older age groups.”

More than 2,000 students, teachers and staff quarantined in several states as new school year begins.

August 13, 2020, by  WMTW 8 abc

Dr. Sean O'Leary told CNN on Monday that coronavirus cases in children should be taken seriously and said "When you see a lot more infections in the general population, you're going to see a lot more infections in children". 

How to recognize COVID-19 symptoms in children, based on pediatricians’ advice

August 12, 2020, by  7 News Boston

“We’ve had 90 deaths in children in the United States already, in just a few months”, Dr. Sean O’Leary is interviewed about the situation and quoted “It’s not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children”.  

There has been a 90% increase in Covid-19 cases in US children in the last four weeks, report says

August 11, 2020, by  CNN Health

Dr. Sean O'Leary discusses the increase in Covid-19 cases in US children in the last four weeks and said "When you see a lot more infections in the general population, you're going to see a lot more infections in children". 

White House looks at plan to keep out citizens and legal residents because of coronavirus

August 11, 2020, by  The Philadelphia Inquirer

“It will be a little hard to sort out the degree to which a lot more kids are getting infected and the degree to which our testing capacity has gone up,” Sean O’Leary. 

Coronavirus Roundup: Trump Administration is ‘Quietly’ Planning for Vaccine Distribution; NIH Enrolls Participants in Critical Phase of Two Antibody Trials

August 11, 2020, by  Government Executive

Dr. Sean O’Leary puts his opinion and said “We all have to take this virus seriously, including taking care of our children"  

White House looks at plan to keep out citizens and legal residents over virus.

August 10, 2020, by  The Washington Post

Dr. Sean O’Leary quoted “What we can say is that it’s not particularly surprising, given the large increase in cases we’ve seen nationally overall.”

Coronavirus cases in children rise sharply in the second half of July, with more than 97,000 infections

August 10, 2020, by  The Washington Post

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the scenario and said “It will be a little hard to sort out the degree to which a lot more kids are getting infected and the degree to which our testing capacity has gone up”.

CDC: Nearly 600 children hospitalized in US with inflammatory condition linked to COVID-19

August 8, 2020, by  Fox 5 New York

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the reopening scenario of schools and said "This does not mean that we recommend that all schools open five days a week from the start of the school year".

Childhood vaccinations beginning to rebound, but still below normal levels as school resumes

August 4, 2020, by  ABC News

Dr. Sean O’Leary notes the drop in vaccinations a real problem.

Colorado’s Already Low Vaccination Rate Dropped Dramatically During The Coronavirus Pandemic

July 31, 2020, by  Colorado Public Radio

Well-child visits are down since the pandemic hit Colorado states, Dr. Sean O’Leary.

‘A nightmare scenario’: Health experts prepare for flu season amid COVID-19'

July 31, 2020, by  9News

Dr. Sean O’Leary comments on concerns for community spread of both influenza and coronavirus this year. 

CDC fine print: Reopening schools may ‘increase transmission risk’

July 27, 2020, by  NewChannel5

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the reopening scenario of schools and said "This does not mean that we recommend that all schools open five days a week from the start of the school year". 

Confused by CDC’s changing guidance on school reopening? Here are recommendations from experts not pressured by the White House.

July 25, 2020, by  The Washington Post

Dr. Sean O’Leary’s full written testimony at the hearing of a House education subcommittee, noting the importance of opening schools but also the risks in places with high COVID-19 infection rates. 

What Do We Know About Children and COVID-19?

July 21, 2020, by  Medscape

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses and says that so far, success stories with schools are largely from other countries that are in a very different position than the United States: “[T]hey have lower levels of coronavirus in the community [and] better capacity for testing and contact tracing and controlling outbreaks when they do happen,”. 

Kids and COVID-19: What experts do (and do not) know about how the virus affects children

July 20, 2020, by  The Denver Post

Dr. Sean O’Leary shared factors to consider in debate about reopening schools.  

How to Keep Kids Healthy as the Country Reopens

July 18, 2020, by  PBS

Dr. Sean O’Leary interviewed by PBS Hari Sreenivasan from Amanpour & Co about youth returning to schools. 

Why some pediatric doctors believe students should return to in-person learning

July 15, 2020, by  9News

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses and emphasized the more we do right now to decrease the number of cases in Colorado, the better off we'll be to open schools safely. That effort will take people wearing masks and social distancing.. 

As schools plan to reopen with student rotations, parents worry about how they will manage kids and work

July 06, 2020, by  ABC-7 Chicago

As a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Sean O’Leary is interviewed about the impact of corona on school openings.  

Why kids should be in the classroom this fall – and how to keep them safe there

July 1, 2020, by  PBS News Hour

PBS News Hour reporter, William Brangham, interviews Dr. Sean O’Leary about strategies for mitigating the risk of coronavirus spread in schools.  

Why a Pediatric Group is Pushing to Reopen Schools This Fall

June 30, 2020, by  New York Times

Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics encourage “having students physically present in school.” Dr. Sean O’Leary explains why.  

How Schools Will Reopen Safely This Fall

June 29, 2020, by  Bloomberg

There’s accumulating evidence that even two months of schools closing in the spring did significant damage to the educational process in children,” says Colorado pediatrician Dr. Sean O’Leary, a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics who has been helping put together a set of safety guidelines for restarting schools.  

Which Activities are Safe for Kids This Summer?

June 25, 2020, by  Health Central

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the risks around summertime activities.  

From playgrounds to play dates and pools: What is safe for kids to do this coronavirus summer

June 23, 2020, by  ABC-Good Morning America (GMA)

Dr. Sean O’Leary told GMA about the choices parents are being forced to make during the pandemic. 

How likely are kids to get COVID-19? Scientists see a ‘huge puzzle’ without easy answers.

June 18, 2020, by  Stat

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses about a normalizing of children’s lives, and the lives of their parents — could be safely achieved and quoted “We are going to find out".

As Playgrounds Start to Reopen, Here’s How to Keep Kids Safe

June 11, 2020, by The New York Times

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses if masks are helpful for children. 

Fact Check: Vaccines do not differ based on insurance

June 9, 2020, by Reuters Fact Check

Dr. Sean O’Leary commented that the vaccines covered by VFC and Medicaid are the same.  

Bill to tighten Colorado’s vaccine exemptions moves forward amid fiery opposition

June 8, 2020, by  Greeley Tribune

Dr. Sean O’Leary testifies Sunday supporting vaccines. 

Vaccine Bill Draws Republication Ire After It Is Scheduled for Sunday Debate

June 5, 2020, by  Colorado Public Radio

Dr. Sean O’Leary explains how vaccinations have dropped in Colorado. 

Vaccine Rate Decreases

May 29, 2020, by  Science Friday

Dr. Amanda Dempsey, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, joins in a conversation with others about the decreasing rate of children’s vaccinations. 

Doctors see drop in vaccination, checkups for children during stay-at-home orders

May 20, 2020, by ABC KATC3

Dr. Sean O’Leary quoted regarding the amount of visits pediatrician’s offices will be seeing over the next several months.

Doctor Discusses Symptoms to Look for in Children Related to Mysterious Illness

May 19, 2020, by  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dr. Sean O’Leary, the vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on infectious diseases, discusses a mysterious coronavirus-related illness being reported in some North Texas children. 

What to Know About PMIS, the COVID-19-Linked Syndrome Affecting Children

May 18, 2020, by  Healthline

Dr. Sean O’Leary quoted regarding the strong association between PMIS and COVID-19 in terms of timing as well as geographical association. 

COVID 19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children: What parents need to know

May 15, 2020, by Fox 5 Washington DC

Dr. Sean O’Leary quoted that Parents really should not be afraid to take their child to their pediatrician if they're worried they're sick.

What parents need to know about the rare illness in children possibly linked to COVID-19

May 15, 2020, by (WVLT/CBS) 

Dr. Sean O'Leary discusses the level of inflammation in the heart tends to be higher with PMIS, as compared to Kawasaki disease

 

Medical Community Working to understand link between COVID-19 in kids, rare inflammatory syndrome 

May 10, 2020, by DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Dr. Sean O'Leary discusses the new condition of the pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome and its association with COVID-19.

 

U.S. Scientists Scramble to Study Life-Threatening Syndrome in Kids Linked to Coronavirus

May 7, 2020, by The New York Times (Reuters)

Dr. Sean O'Leary discusses the efforts underway to collect information on Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.

 

Mystery Inflammatory Syndrome in Kids and Teens Likely Linked to COVID-19

May 7, 2020, by National Public Radio

Dr. Sean O'Leary advises on concerning symptoms.

 

Rare inflammatory condition condition affects some kids with COVID-19

May 7, 2020, by WCAX3 (Associated Press)

Dr. Sean O'Leary states this is not something parents need to panic about.

 

Coronavirus Crisis has Fewer Kids Getting Needed Vaccines

April 29, 2020, by HealthDay

Dr. Sean O'Leary discusses the drop in pediatric visits. 

 

Colorado's already low childhood immunization rates plummet as parents put off doctor visits

April 29, 2020, by The Colorado Sun

Dr. Sean O'Leary shares concerns about lack of vaccinations in a COVID world.

 

COVID-19 has Kids Missing Vaccinations, Meaning One Outbreak Could Lead to Another

April 28, 2020, by Wyoming Public Media

Dr. Sean O'Leary explains the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks.

Italy, UK Explore Possible COVID-19 Link to Child Inflammatory Disease

April 27, 2020, by The New York Times

Dr. Sean O'Leary states that CU has seen several Kawaski cases this year, but none in the COVID-19 admitted children.

Colorado Latinos grapple with increased risk of coronavirus infections

April 25, 2020, by Denver Post

Dr. Lisa DeCamp of ACCORDS and the Latino Research and Policy Center at the Colorado School of Public Health discusses what role demographic factors in for COVID-19.

Vaccine Rates Drop Dangerously as Parents Avoid Doctor’s Visits

April 23, 2020, by The New York Times

Afraid of Covid-19, parents are postponing well-child checkups, including shots, putting millions of children at risk of exposure to preventable deadly diseases. Dr. Sean O'Leary featured. 

Parents, doctors weigh in on CDC recommendation for those 2 and older to wear masks in public

April 15, 2020 by Fox 13: Salt Lake City

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the effect of kids wearing face masks and weighs the risks.

Distancing drives halt measles vaccinations

April 14, 2020, by Modern Healthcare

COVID-19 Distancing Drives a Halt in Measles Vaccinations

 

Get a medical power of attorney, doctors say

April 12, 2020, by Fox 31 Denver

Dr. Dan Matlock explains why it is important to document what you want for end-of-life medical care.

 

The Bizarre Reality of Being New Parents in the Age of Coronavirus

April 1, 2020 by Los Angeles Times

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the risk of coronavirus in newborns. 

Hiking During the Coronavirus Pandemic? Here’s How to Stay Safe on the Trails

March 31, 2020 by USA Today

Dr. Sean O’Leary mentions the importance of social distancing.

Your Questions on Coronavirus, Answered

 

March 30, 2020 by Consumer Reports

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses public laundromats

Colorado Experts: Packages Unlikely to be Contaminated with Coronavirus

March 25, 2020 by CBS 4 Denver

Dr. Sean O’Leary along with other experts discuss what to do with packages and groceries.

Young People Play Vital Role in Stopping Spread of COVID-19

March 19, 2020 by American Academy of Pediatric News

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the importance of all age groups, especially young people, to practice social distancing and other strategies to avoid COVID-19 infection.

Coronavirus and Kids: More Research Suggests Symptoms are Mild in Children

March 17, 2020 by Huffington Post

Dr. Sean O’Leary comments on how coronavirus affects kids.

Weeks Ahead Of When Coronavirus Will Peak In Colorado, Hospitals Are Already Seeing Shortages

March 17, 2020 by Colorado Public Radio

Dr. Sean O’Leary remarks on testing in children and practices to slow down the spread.

Just give them Screens (for now)

March 14, 2020 by New York Times

 

What Are the Rules for Play Dates During the Coronavirus Crisis?

March 13, 2020 by  New York Times

Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the safest options for playing with kids.

11 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus

March 9, 2020 by  New York Times

Dr. Sean O’Leary and other health experts answer questions from parents about coronavirus.

COVID-19 testing criteria expanded

March 5, 2020 by  American Academy of Pediatric News

Dr. Sean O’Leary comments on the CDC procedures for testing and recommendations regarding COVID-19.