Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause colds. We see them all year, although like all cold/cough viruses, they occur more in the winter. People can become contagious with the new coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2, before they have symptoms, causing this virus to spread easily.
Children and teens seem to have mild symptoms from the new virus. There have been no pediatric deaths reported so far, anywhere. There is a greater danger for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
The illness, called "COVID-19," causes fatigue, fever, body aches, cough, and sometimes shortness of breath. Like other viruses, there is no treatment besides symptomatic care -- Tylenol and Motrin, cool-mist humidifiers and suctioning for babies, extra fluids.
The spread of COVID-19 in other countries has been worsened by people flooding emergency departments and medical offices. Don't do that. If you or your child has mild cold symptoms, please stay home! We do not need to see you in our office for these kinds of symptoms, traveling outside of your home will make the outbreak worse. Follow common sense guidelines for returning to work or school -- no fever for 24 hours, no disruptive coughing, and your child feels well enough to participate.
We do not have a test for COVID-19 in our office. So unless symptoms are severe, we urge you to not come in and not call for an appointment.
Your child SHOULD be seen, either at our office or in the ER, for symptoms about which you would normally be concerned:
The media is causing a great deal of fear about the new strain of coronavirus. The best advice is to stay calm.
Wash or sanitize your hands.
Try not to touch your face, especially in public, and especially without washing or sanitizing your hands first.
There is no need to wear a mask unless you yourself are ill, or you yourself are in a room with someone who is ill.
Please stay home if you're ill, and keep your children home if they are ill. Try not to spread any illness to grandparents.
Cover your cough.
Wash or sanitize your hands, again!
Send us a portal message or call us for any concerns. We will be here to help and are currently making plans to keep people who need to be seen in our office safe while they are here.
Our staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality pediatric care. We offer the benefits of a large office with extended hours and services, and the one-on-one personalized service you expect and deserve for your children.