To the Patents and Families of Springdale Mason Pediatrics
Be assured that we are monitoring the situation related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19). We receive frequent communications from the local health departments, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are also consulting with the Infectious Disease Specialists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Two resources we recommend for information and updates on the COVID 19 situation are from the American Academy of Pediatrics, www.HealthyChildren.org, search 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the second is www.coronovirus.Ohio.gov which is provided by the Ohio Department of Health. They are updated frequently.
We will now be asking every family that calls the office whether the child or any one in the family has travelled within the last 14 days and where. We will also be asking if the child or a family member has had contact with a known or suspected case of the Corona Virus (COVID 19)
We are not able to test for the COVID–19 virus in our office but if you are worried, please call to discuss their symptoms and exposure. At this time only your county health department can approve testing but we may soon be able to refer to a centralized assessment and testing center.
The good news is that children seem to be minimally affected by the virus based on information from the experience in China and South Korea.
What we are still seeing is many ill children with influenza, which continues to be very active in the community. Influenza is still our greatest concern. It is not too late to get a flu shot!
The best defense against both illnesses is 20 seconds of good hand washing with soap and water or the use of a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol. If your child has a fever, they should not attend daycare or be out in public until they are fever free for at least 24 hours. If you have the option to remove your children from daycare, do it. Do not be around people who are ill with a fever or bad cough.
Finally, we strongly encourage families to follow the guideline of social distancing. It is possible for someone to be contagious for 5 days before developing symptoms so your friends may feel fine but could be exposing your family during a play date or other type of activity. It is going to be hard, but worth it to stay well!
We will always do our best to make sure your children are healthy and protected. The COVID-19 virus is a new illness and there is still much being learned and new treatment options and interventions being considered.
Springdale Mason Pediatrics