March 3, 2020
Pediatric Care of Ogden is dedicated to assisting our patients and their families to navigate the emerging global threat of the novel coronavirus. The information provided here is available through the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov. We will attempt to continually update information as it becomes available.
“Coronavirus” is actually a family of many viruses. Certain strains of coronaviruses are common and regularly circulate in the community. What makes this coronavirus strain (COVID-19) unique is that it had not yet been isolated in humans. It was initially transmitted by animals to humans, which means that human immune systems are not well equipped to handle the novel strain. At first, it was unknown if it could be spread by both animal to human and human to human transmission. As many of you have seen on the news, it is now well known to transmit between humans. This is important because it means that it is capable of spreading quickly in communities.
The typical symptoms of coronaviruses include fever, cough, and runny nose. Symptoms can range from very mild to very severe. It is difficult to know which patients will develop severe reactions to the virus, however we do understand that patients with underlying chronic medical conditions are at much higher risk of severe complications. In general, healthy patients with normal immune systems are at lower risk of severe complications. Thus far, it seems that children have not been severely affected as often as adults.
Here is what we ask of you:
If your child has mild respiratory symptoms (runny nose, cough, congestion, fever <102) but is hydrated and acting well, it is recommended that you keep your child at home.
Your child should be seen in the office if he/she has a fever for 3 or more days in a row, has difficulty breathing, or is not tolerating fluids.
When scheduling, please notify us if your child has come into contact with any person with diagnosed or suspected coronavirus-19 OR if your child has traveled abroad in the last 2 weeks.
We request that all patients seen in the office with fever, cough, or congestion wear a mask for the entire time spent in the clinic. Respiratory face masks are currently in high demand. If you own a mask at home, please bring it with you to use during your visit.
Please understand that we currently have no method for testing for COVID-19 in the office. We will be in contact with our local hospitals and health department and will update our website if this changes.
What we recommend:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, or coming into contact with another person who is sick.
If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home from work or school if you or your child are sick.
Consider avoiding large gatherings.
Attempt to stay at least 6 feet away from anybody with cold symptoms.
Avoid non-essential travel internationally
In addition, we urge you to consider getting a seasonal influenza vaccine. Influenza continues to be far more likely at this time. As always, children are at high risk for severe complications from influenza. We are currently out of our stock of influenza vaccines for patients with government sponsored insurance plans (Medicaid) and will not be receiving any more. We recommend you check with local pharmacies and the health department.
For more information regarding COVID-19, consider visiting these trusted websites:
Centers for Disease Control
Utah Department of Health
World Health Organization
American Academy of Pediatrics