Our main concern is the health and well being of our patients and their families. The situation is evolving rapidly and we are making every effort to implement protocols to maximize safety.
The sensationalism and nonstop coverage from the media is making it difficult to respond rationally.
Fortunately, children have been having less severe infections. To date, there have been NO deaths in children worldwide. However, they can expose others who may be at greater risk for more severe outcomes.
In order to reduce the risk to our patients and their families, we are strongly encouraging the following:
- We are asking families to limit the number of caregivers bringing the child to the office.
- We are asking families to try to bring only the patient to the office and not the siblings.
- We are asking people over 60 to avoid the office unless there is no alternative.
- We are asking to not come to the office if you are under quarantine have direct exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. (In fact if you have been quarantined, you should not be leaving your house.)
If your child has fever and cough that persists for more than 48 hours and is not ill-appearing, it is best to contact our office. We are making every effort to safely keep these children out of the office. Currently, we are not able
to test for COVID-19 in the office, and most hospitals are not testing unless there is a travel history or known direct
exposure. Most ERs consult with infectious disease specialists and local Departments of Health. You cannot just walk in and ask for a test. If you think your child needs medical attention, please call us and we will arrange appropriate care.
Remember that washing hands and being aware of our surroundings is very important to staying healthy. There is no current need to wear masks unless instructed by medical professionals.
The most important aspect is to remain calm and rational. As things change, we will update our families as quickly as possible.
We are taking all appropriate steps. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your families.
Advocare Washington Avenue Pediatrics