ARUNDEL PEDIATRICS INFO COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS 3/12/2020
ARUNDEL PEDIATRICS INFO AND UPDATE ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
We at Arundel Pediatrics want to reassure you during this overwhelming and difficult time that we are here for you and your families. We are committed to providing the highest level of care to all our families, providers and staff. As the situation with the COVID-19 virus changes on a daily basis, we are monitoring the situation closely with our local, state and federal resources to stay informed so that we can provide the very best information and medical advice. By providing the information below, we hope to provide some basic education and also some reassurance to our families. And while it is important to be informed and vigilant, it is also important to stay calm and level-headed!
- WHO/WHAT: Corona viruses are a family of viruses that affect the respiratory system, primarily, and include the common cold. The COVID-19 virus is a new strain in this family that originated first in China but has now officially become a global pandemic.
- SPREAD: is airborne - droplet and contact - person to person through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing, within a six-foot radius. These droplets end up on a surface and can be spread by coming in contact with the contaminated surface, and can remain infectious for days.
- SYMPTOMS: fever, cough, shortness of breath are the main symptoms. Other less common symptoms include headache, malaise, fatigue, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. People can be infected without showing symptoms for up to 14 days.
- SO FAR: it appears to be a mild illness in over 80% of people, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN. CHILDREN have been especially lucky, and so far the data is that only a very small number of children have become seriously ill - this is great news for all of us in pediatrics! Overall, children worldwide have had much milder ill- ness with this virus.
- HIGH RISK populations are those older adults (> 65 yrs) and those with underlying medical issues.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED - RISK FACTORS
- Travel outside the US or coming from abroad in the last 14 days - Fever, cough, shortness of breath, “bronchitis” symptoms
- Close Contact with a person with confirmed COVID-109
If you have any of these risk factors — PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE, and we can assess your risk over the phone. DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE OR COME TO WALK-INS.
Our staff has been trained to direct the appropriate care and testing for you and your child, but we must be cautious about exposing other children and our staff. At this time, we are NOT seeing potential COVID19 cases in our office - we are referring out for testing and advising home supportive care for mild symptoms and quarantine.
Now available through the Health Department of Maryland as well as LabCorp and Quest.
- Please call our office first if you think your child may need to be tested - we can help assess the situation and direct you to the best place of testing and evaluation.
- Currently, with the Health Departments consent, we are directing patients to the emergency rooms of our local hospitals.
- WE ARE NOT OFFERING ANY TESTING FOR COVID-19 AT EITHER OF OUR ARUNDEL PEDIATRIC OFFICES.
- There are no antiviral treatments or vaccines, supportive therapies and careful monitoring are recommended for worsening of symptoms.
- People with mild illnesses are being told to remain at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, and to seek further care only if the symptoms worsen during their illness.
PREVENTIVE AND PROACTIVE MEASURES
WASH YOU HANDS!!!!! Soap and warm water, for 20 seconds! Including scrubbing under fingernails
- USE ALCOHOL-BASED NON-TOXIC SANITIZER
- CLEAN AND DISINFECT Frequently touched objects or surfaces with cleaning sprays or wipes or sanitizers - ethanol alcohol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (bleach) are all effective against coronaviruses.
- MAKE YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER!
- Use alcohol and mix with aloe vera gel, you can even add essential oils (lavender tea tree, peppermint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, oregano, thieves - 1-2 drops only in case of sensitive skin).
- Using 99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol: Mix 2/3 cup alcohol with 1/3 cup vera gel
- Using 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol: Mix 3/4 cup alcohol with 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- Using 70% alcohol: 3 oz alcohol with 2 tsp aloe vera gel
- COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES - and teach this to your kids, asap, if you haven’t already!
- AVOID CROWDS UNNECESSARILY
- AVOID CONTACT with people with known corona exposure or recent travel
BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- Get plenty of SLEEP
- Try to minimize STRESS
- Vitamin C in higher, immune-boosting doses, twice daily- 1000-5000 mg
- For kids < 8 years – 1000MG, twice daily
- For kids > 8 yrs - 2000-4000MG, twice daily
- Vitamin D - 1000-5000IU daily
- For kids < 8 years - 1000-2000IU
- For kids > 8 years – 5000IU daily
- Zinc - 15-30MG - liquid, lozenges, capsules <8years-15MG; >8years30MG
- Stay hydrated!
HELPFUL and ACCURATE WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION
- CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization: www.who.int