22 Apr Is it Safe To Come To the Office? Global Evidence Says Yes
Understandably, many of our parents are hesitant to bring their children into our offices for fear that they may pick up the coronavirus from sick children. The results of several recent studies have shown that global health statistics provide more hope than fear. In Iceland, where testing was widespread among the population, only 6-7% of symptomatic children 10 years old or younger were positive for the virus. In children in that age range who did not have symptoms, not a single one was positive. These findings are similar to those found in studies from Spain, China, and the US.
The data also confirm those findings closer to home. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago has tested hundreds of patients with symptoms, and only 8% have been positive.
What this means is that COVID is by and large an adult disease. It is relatively uncommon in young children, and asymptomatic children are truly that: asymptomatic and not likely to spread the virus.
Given these results and recommendations from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, we strongly encourage keeping up with your child’s well visits and immunizations during this time, for they are what will ultimately help keep them as healthy as possible in the long run. Even as we work to reduce the spread of coronavirus, we need to make sure we all do our part to prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses too.
As an extra precaution, we are continuing to make adaptations in our offices to keep you and your children safe, including separating sick patients from well, taking temperatures on everyone (patients, parents, staff) entering the office, bringing you into a room quickly, limiting the number of staff who come into contact with patients, wearing a mask for every patient encounter, using personal protective equipment when needed, thoroughly cleaning each room after every use, and other measures. And just to make sure everyone is protected, we ask that you bring and wear a mask from home during the appointment.
So if your child is in need of a well check, please call our office to arrange an appointment. If your child is sick and you want him or her evaluated, please call. And if you would still feel more at ease staying at home, don’t forget that we also offer virtual visits for most sick appointments and certain follow-up visits. Call our office to find out if your child’s case is appropriate for a virtual visit. For more information on virtual visits, click here.
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