How West End Pediatrics is addressing the concerns of COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
- If you or your child have a cough when you arrive at our office, you may be asked to wear a mask.
- If you or your child have a fever, cough, and respiratory difficulty AND you have either
- Travelled to ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY in the past 30 days or
- Come in contact with someone who has a known case of COVID-19 in the past 30 day
CALL us first for information and we will advise on how to proceed
- We are advising that if you or your child have a fever, cough and respiratory difficulty, STAY HOME from school or work.
- West End Pediatrics can NOT test for coronavirus at this time. Patients must go to the local health department or through the Emergency Room
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Human Coronaviruses have been around for a long time. Almost everyone gets infected with one of them at some point in their lives, they cause symptoms much like the common cold, last a short time, and really aren’t very serious. A new strain of Human Coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan City, China in December 2019, and has been called COVID-19. Most people, simply call it “Coronavirus”. We know it is contagious, but we are still learning how it spreads from person to person. Public health officials are actively investigating this virus to learn more about it. The Center for Disease Control and NIH are working on creating a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, but say that due to the extensive testing that will be required before releasing it to the public, it may take 12 -18 months.
HERE IS WHAT WE DO KNOW:
- Close contact with someone known to have the COVID-19 Coronavirus (within 6 feet) puts you at the highest risk for contracting the disease yourself.
- When an infected person coughs or sneezes, infected droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby, and get inhaled into their lungs, infecting them.
- It MIGHT be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface where an infected person has sneezed, coughed or touched, and then putting your own hand on your mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the most common way that the virus is spread.
- Having travelled to one of the countries that is currently experiencing a high rate of COVID-19 cases puts you at a higher risk for contracting the disease.
- Healthcare workers who care for those infected with COVID-19 wear specifically designed protective garments to minimize their exposure to the virus.
- The incubation period for the COVID-19 virus is between 2 and 14 days. If you have had an exposure to someone who is infected, you will be quarantined for 14 days, to prevent possible spread of the virus.
- The COVID-19 Coronavirus has been known to cause Fever, Cold Like Symptoms
- As with most viruses, HAND WASHING often with soap and hot water is a great first defense! It is something that we all have the ability to do!
- Wipe down surfaces regularly, with disinfecting wipes.
- Wipe your phone off regularly with disinfecting wipes.
- Wash hands with soap and hot water before touching your face, or eating.
- Cough or sneeze into your shoulder, or inside your elbow….avoid using your hands to cover your mouth.
- Wash any clothing that have been coughed/sneezed onto.
HOW IS COVID-19 BEING ADDRESSED?
- The CDC does have a test to confirm if a person has COVID-19 Coronavirus. West End Pediatrics DOES NOT have the tests in our offices. If we believe that you or your child have a reason to be tested, you must go to the health department or emergency room.
- At this time there is NO VACCINE. Medical professionals can only treat the symptoms, currently.
- Health Departments across the country are great resources for information and education. To find a Health Department near you, click HERE.
So far, the data shows that the younger you are, the less risk you are at for serious illness and/or death. Pregnant women, also, seem to be at a lower risk for the disease. We don’t know why, but we are happy to hear it!
- Under 9 years of age – lowest risk – mild illness – NO known deaths
- 10 years to 29 years of age – slightly higher risk – mild illness
- 30 – 59 years of age – increasing risk for illness
- 60+ years of age – high risk for illness
- 80+ years of age – highest risk of serious illness or death
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
- HealthyChildren.org 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) Before a COVID-10 outbreak occurs in your community:plan
- NPR – How to talk about Coronavirus to children: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-forkids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR0PWAvHOTUSqQFwhBU_KloJBl01Iw39gp0ybyMSb2RgX2x2KwwaxvGR7zs