Reflections on COVID-19: Living and Learning in a Pandemic

The global Covid-19 pandemic changed life as we know it. What lessons can help us prepare for the next pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic was hard on everyone, especially families with children. As more time passes since the start of the pandemic, life has largely returned to normal. But as we shift from living in a pandemic to preparing for the next, it's important to reflect on actions taken and lessons learned.

Pediatricians had a unique and historic role in caring for the nation’s children during this unprecedented time. They have valuable insights to offer from their experiences navigating rapidly changing protocols, guidelines, and health care systems. Their collective expertise can inform us on how to prepare for the next pandemic, particularly as new infections emerge and outbreaks continue to threaten the U.S.

This report is a repository of our pandemic learnings. Here, you will find an overview of events, as well as an archive of the guidance that was issued, the data that was gathered, and the best practices that were identified.

“People stepped up and stepped forward to help without knowing what they were offering. ... They showed up for children in the way that pediatricians always show up for children.” 

— Mark Del Monte, CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Throughout the pandemic, the AAP has served as a trusted partner to physicians and parents across the country, publishing data and issuing and updating guidance in an effort to protect the nation’s children.  This is the unfolding story of how the AAP and its members stepped forward as advocates for children in a time of crisis, one that began in 2020 and continues even now.