Mid City Pediatrics understands that as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, your concerns are growing as well. With all of the social media and news surrounding the virus, it may be hard to know where to turn for trusted information. The physicians at Mid City Pediatrics are staying up to date with the Centers for Disease Control(CDC), the Louisiana Department of Health (LDOH), and with the local hospitals to keep your family safe and healthy.
You can rest assured that you will be able to find the resources to help you and your children thrive during this challenging time. Please note that information continues to change rapidly. Please check back often for any changes.
What do we know about Covid-19?
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
- It is a novel coronavirus which means that it has not previously been identified. It originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has spread throughout the world.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from very mild to severe illness.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and people may becontagious before they show any signs of the illness.
- People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- There are individuals who are at higher risk for more severe disease and/or complications. This includes individuals with underlying medical conditions and those who are 65 years or older.
How does Covid-19 affect children?
Pediatric cases of COVID-19 have been reported. However, there seem to be far fewer pediatric cases when compared to adults. According to the CDC, very few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized (there have been severe outcomes/reported deaths in pediatric cases). Most hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 have been reported in children under the age of 1. *If you feel that your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please contact us. Or, if your child has severe symptoms and needs immediate attention, call 911.*
- Reported symptoms in children may also include:
- cold-like symptoms- fever, runny nose, nasal congestion, and cough
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Certain rashes
- Some children and infants have been infected with COVID-19, but children do not appear to be at a higher risk.
- Children with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, autoimmune conditions and other diseases that make them immunocompromised are at higher risk for more severe infection.
How do I keep my children healthy?
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. We are still learning a great deal about this new virus. We do know, however, that everyday common good hygiene practices are effective. It is important to instill these practices in our children to ensure that they stay healthy in the upcoming months until a vaccine and effective treatments become available.
- Clean hands often using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Look for one that contains at least 60% alcohol. Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water will also work if hand sanitizer is not available.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Keep your children away from others who are sick and please keep them home if theyare ill.
- Teach children to cough or sneeze into a tissue (throw it away after) or to cough or
sneeze into their arm or elbows. Please no hands.
- Clean and disinfect your home regularly.
- Wear a mask in public (if over the age of 2).
- Avoid travel at this time.
- Follow the guidelines of social distancing.
- Listen to the advice of medical professionals.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is also called “physical distancing,” which means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. It is one of the best ways that we know of currently to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some of the following are ways that you can practice social distancing:
- Limiting time that you are around other individuals.
- Limiting close contact with other individuals (face-to-face).
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.
- Do not gather in large groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Order needed items and perform as many daily activities online when possible. This may include buying groceries online, getting food as takeout/delivery, conducting business matters online, or attending a doctor’s visit via telemedicine.
Who needs a mask?
There is a simple answer to this question. Everyone except those under the age of 2. Though it does provide some protection, wearing a cloth face covering is primarily to protect those around you. Many children and adults do not know that they are infected or sick until it is too late. Wearing the mask helps to protect others in case this occurs. Since we do not know when or if this will occur, we should have the mindset that we should wear a mask for EACH OTHER.
Think of it this way…….I will wear a mask to protect YOU and hope that YOU will wear a mask to protect ME.
- Children over the age of 2 should wear a cloth face mask.
- The mask should cover the nose and mouth.
- Face masks in addition to social distancing and good hand hygiene can go a long way.
- Please remember that surgical face masks and N95 respirators should still be reserved for health care workers.