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Coronavirus

What is COVID-19?

 

An outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in China and has now been detected in other countries, including the U.S. The disease has been named COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The situation with COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. The CDC offers updated information about the spread of the virus in the U.S., including a current risk assessment.

Is it safe to come to the office?

Remember that this is mostly a disease of adults: children are much less likely to get COVID-19 than adults, and children usually have a much milder case of the illness than adults. We have seen very few patients with COVID-19 in our office. Most of the children have had a mild illness and never come to the office. As a precaution, we are doing everything we can to protect our patients, their families, and our staff from this infection:

  • Separating sick and well visits, either by location or by time or both
  • All staff are wearing masks for all visits
  • Practicing social distancing in the office when possible
  • Limiting the number of staff that comes in contact with patients and parents
  • Taking the temperature of every person who comes into the office: patients, visitors/parents, and staff
  • Avoiding the waiting room: patients are being brought back directly to an exam room
  • Using personal protective equipment when necessary
  • Thoroughly cleaning each exam room after every visit
  • Using creative ways to see sick patients, such as using virtual visits (telemedicine) when possible or seeing some children in their cars in the parking lot.

What Are The Symptoms of COVID-19 vs Cold vs. Allergies?

Cold

  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Mild fever

Allergies

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny nose
  • No fever
  • Scratchy or sore throat

COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Congestion
  • Complete loss of smell or taste
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, mild abdominal pain (sometimes, these appear without the respiratory symptoms)

You don’t have to have all of those symptoms to have COVID-19.

If you think your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing the above symptoms, please call your PediaTrust pediatrician and they will advise you on the next steps and will coordinate your care.

If you think your child has a cold or allergies, call our office to schedule a virtual or in-person visit.

What can I do at home?

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and teach your children to do the same
  • Practice social distancing measures
  • Wear a mask when you are somewhere indoors besides your home

 

For more information, visit the CDC’s website to learn more about how you can prevent infection.

Is it safe to send my child to daycare?

 

With the transition to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, day care centers are re-opening. Many parents have asked us if it is safe to return to daycare. The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued some guidelines about re-opening day care centers, which can be found here.

When would my family and I need to quarantine and for how long?

If you have or had COVID-19, tested positive but did not have symptoms, have a weakened immune system, or just came into contact with someone who has or had COVID-19, then here are some guidelines from the CDC about when you can be around others.