CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES
We are closely monitoring the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Tennessee Department of Health to stay current on recommendations related to the Coronavirus. We will update our website and recommendations as new communications are released by those organizations.
Like most other viral infections there is no treatment for the infection at this time beside treating the symptoms with fluids and medications for fever.
The following are some coronavirus facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild to moderate illness like the common cold. The COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus discovered in China that has now spread around the world.
While we know COVID-19 is contagious, it does not seem that children are at higher risk. Children who have contracted Coronavirus worldwide have had, for the most part, mild illness.
Symptoms of the disease can include many that are seen in the flu: fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, headaches, diarrhea, and pneumonia. (The flu is still the most common cause of these symptoms in middle Tennessee.) There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
The following are some other things to keep your family healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19: wash hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer; keep your kids away from others who are sick or keep them home if they are ill; teach kids to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow and not their hands; clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home; avoid touching your face; and avoid travel to highly infected areas. Major surface cleansers such Clorox and Purell have been shown to help remove viruses including Coronavirus.
If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, please call us.
Below are links to COVID-19 informational resources: