The novel coronavirus (which causes a disease known as COVID-19) was declared a global pandemic on March 22,2020 and declared over on May 11,2023.
Symptoms: Coronavirus usually causes an upper respiratory tract illness like the common cold. Patients with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe. 80% of patients infected with Coronavirus have a milder spectrum of illness and to date, illness in children appears to be more mild than in adults. Patients with conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, obesity and weakened immune systems are felt to be at higher risk of severe illness and are recommended to self quarantine. Symproms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include the following:
Cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, fatigue, runny/congested nose, headache, body aches, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell
Prevention: The same practices that are recommended during cold and flu season should be practiced:
*COVID vaccine and booster.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
* Avoid contact with people who are sick.
* Stay home from work and keep children home from school and daycare if you or your child is sick, except to get medical care.
* Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
* Clean and disinfect objects and frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, handles and light switches.
Treatment: There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. The great majority of infected children will have mild symptoms and recover on their own. However, if your child is having trouble breathing (breating fast, short of breath, wheezing), has signs of dehydration or extreme fatigue, this should be reported immediately.
During and beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic, Childrens Medical Group has remained open and ready to keep our patients healthy.
Our office has remained open and ready to care for our patients. Well visits are available in the mornings and early afternoons, while sick appointments are available in the afternoons and later afternoons. We have been here to help and care for our patients and we have put a great system in place to assure safety.
We want you to know that we are Committed to Patient Safety:
The safety and well-being of our patients, families, and staff is our highest priority.
• We continue to clean rooms in between patients, with “deep cleanings” occurring nightly.
• We have also asked that all patients and parents wear a face mask when febrile and coughing.
• We ask that you do not bring anyone extra to the visit and only one parent accompany their child to their appointment, with the exception of both parents with the first newborn appointment.
Please Call Ahead: If you or a family member think you may have been exposed to the COVID and have viral symptoms, call us before you come in. Calling ahead helps direct the most appropriate care and takes precautions to protect other patients, their families and the doctors and staff. Visit the CDC website for the latest coronavirus information. https://www.cdc.gov Center for Disease Control and Prevention