How one Philadelphia hospital is calming kids’ fears during pandemic

Lynne Adkins
April 09, 2020 - 2:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Young patients at hospitals can be frightened by all the people wearing gloves and masks. One Philadelphia hospital has created a video to address those fears.

Heading to the hospital can be scary during the best of times, but now, young patients are surrounded by people wearing gloves and masks, hiding those friendly smiles and familiar faces. 

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“We had started hearing from some patients who had expressed feeling nervous or afraid, maybe wondering if everyone they saw with a mask on was sick and were they going to get sick too. We wanted to help people feel assured,” explained video co-creator Mike Mahoney.

Mahoney, a board certified music therapist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, helped create the video explaining there’s no need to be afraid.

“I like that it says a few different things at once, it acknowledges that we’re living in a unique time. People are feeling stressed out, however, here’s something that you don’t need to feel stressed out about: the fact that we are going the extra distance to keep everybody safe,” Mahoney said.