Coronavirus (COVID-19) NEWS UPDATE

We are actively monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak both here and abroad.  Please check this website for updates and resources.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  WALK-IN CLINIC SUSPENDED

Walk-in-Clinic at Centre Pediatrics has been suspended at this time.  Please call ahead to schedule an appointment and please do not come to the office for walk-in-clinic.  Many appointment spots have been reserved for sick visits during the normal walk-in period and throughout the day.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Hotline (staffed by Partners Healthcare medical providers): any patient or member of the public is encouraged to contact the call line with questions and concerns and for reliable, expert information about the developing situation regarding Coronavirus.   Please call Phone Number: 617-724-7000, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Office visits:  We are screening all patients who schedule visits by phone for coronavirus (COVID-19).  Additionally, all patients and families who come to scheduled clinic visits will be screened at check-in to help decrease the spread of this illness among our patient population.  Any patients who screen positive by phone, will be asked to stay at home as our providers work with you and the MA Department of Public Health to determine the next steps for care.  If you or a family member has traveled to Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, Iran or any country with a Level 3 or Level 2 CDC  travel warning in the last 30 days OR if you have had a confirmed exposure to a patient with coronavirus EVEN if you are well, please call our office and do not come to the office or to your regularly scheduled appointment.

Coronavirus Testing – At this time, we are unable to test for coronavirus (COVID-19) in our office.  If your child has fever, cough and congestion, our recommendation is for your child to stay at home until your child’s symptoms resolve.  If you have questions or concerns please call our office to review symptoms and need for an office visit.  

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?  The symptoms of COVID-19 in children appear to be mild and similar to a cold or flu-like illness. According to Dr. Kate Woodworth, M.D., M.P.H., from the CDC’s COVID-19 Response Maternal Child Health Team (from an article in the American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP NEWS), symptoms of COVID-19 in children include fever, cough, congestion, runny nose, and sore throat.  In some patients, symptoms may also include vomiting and diarrhea.  Dr. Woodworth stated that the low infection rates among children may be due to having more mild cases, which is reassuring.  According to Dr. Woodworth, currently, “there are no data on which underlying conditions put children at higher risk of severe disease”.  For patients who have asthma, please follow your Asthma Action Plan.

Good Hygiene Practices:  Please practice good hand washing techniques by washing frequently using soap and warm water for 20 seconds or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.   Try not to touch your face as much as possible.  Please remind children to cover their mouth and to cough or sneeze into their elbows.

Supportive Care at Home:  The main treatment for children with mild cases of Coronavirus is supportive care.  This includes fever control with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), adequate food intake and hydration.   Please refer to our medication guide regarding dosing for acetaminophen and ibuprofen.  If your child is able to eat food, please ensure good hydration with water.   If your child’s food intake has decreased significantly, please add electrolyte drinks such as pedialyte, dilute juice, sports drinks such as Gatorade, which contain important sugars and salts.  Please monitor and call the office if your child has prolonged elevated fever, trouble breathing, decreased urine output (less than once every 6 hours), or inadequate fluid intake.  At this time, no antiviral drugs have been approved for treatment and no vaccines are available for COVID-19.

CDC Recommendations for Quarantine – If you have traveled from any CDC Level 3 or Level 2 country (As of 3/13/20, all of Europe, Iran, China, South Korea, Japan), the current recommendation is self-quarantine at home and social distancing for 14 days upon return.  For updated information regarding return from travel, self-quarantine and social distancing, please refer to the following CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Below is a list of trusted resources regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

From all of us at Centre Pediatrics, we wish you all good health and safety.

 

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