COVID-19 Patient Information
Our intent as your health care provider is to keep your children and yourself as safe and healthy as possible during this novel (new) Coronavirus outbreak. At this point in time the office does not have the ability to test for the Coronavirus and there is no vaccine or medication available for it. In most cases oral hydration, fever management, isolation and rest are what is recommended for the care of your child.
If your child has fever, cough and difficulty breathing and you have reason to believe that your child has been exposed to anyone who has traveled to the affected countries or have been exposed to someone with a positive or presumptive case of the virus we encourage you to call the office and speak to a nurse or your child’s provider before coming in. Based on the symptoms we may advise you to self-treat at home or we will contact the Department of Public Health on your behalf for a recommendation.
The public health response has clearly shown that the most effective method of minimizing how severe this illness becomes is keeping yourself at home when you are sick with mild symptoms. We are fortunate that children do not seem to develop severe symptoms with this virus but they are capable of passing the virus along to others. As your health care provider, we are strongly recommending self-quarantine to our patients with mild symptoms as opposed to a visit into the office. We will be making arrangements to have extra staff available to answer phone calls for children with illness symptoms.
Here is a list of things that you can do at home to minimize the risk of being exposed to coronavirus and to minimize the amount spread to others if you catch the virus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds