A to Z Pediatrics Statement on COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in the United States, we at A to Z Pediatrics assure all of our families that we follow the very latest recommendations from federal, state and local officials [including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Madison & St. Clair County Health Departments]. As the situation evolves, we will adapt to provide the best possible care to our patients.
In our offices we will enact new protocols to separate sick and well children for the duration of the emergency. Please allow our staff to guide you through the process. Know that we will do our best to care for all of our patients’ needs in an efficient and safe manner.
Some guidance for parents from the AAP:
- Parents should follow the same prevention protocols now as they would during the cold and flu season. There is no vaccination to prevent COVID-19, so the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to it. To keep your family healthy and avoid spreading germs:
- Make sure everyone washes their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Then wash hands later when access to soap and water is available.
- Keep your children away from others who are sick. Individuals who are ill should stay home and not go to school, work or child care.
- Teach children to cough and sneeze into their arm or elbow, not their hands (and then wash their hands).
- Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home.
- Avoid touching your face; teach children to do the same.
2. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu and can include fever, cough, body aches, tiredness, sore throat, and headache. If children have a difficult time breathing, they should seek medical care. Whenever feasible, call the pediatrician’s office, urgent care, or hospital emergency department in advance to see if they have protocols around when to come in to be evaluated or to stay at home.
3. U.S. children are more vulnerable to the flu right now than COVID-19, and they should receive a flu vaccination now if they haven’t already. Some children have experienced a mild form of COVID-19, and some have been hospitalized — but what we know so far is that older adults are more vulnerable to serious forms of illness from COVID-19. The flu, on the other hand, can lead to severe illness and even death in children.
4. Families are encouraged to stay up to date with information about the disease and its spread in their community. Seek information from credible sources like their pediatrician, the AAP, CDC, and state and local health departments.
We have placed a badge from the CDC on our home page at atozpediatrics.com for your convenience. This COVID-19 site is constantly updated.
During office hours, we may be reached by phone at 618-345-5437 or secure patient portal (if you need to activate a free portal account please contact our office).
We remain on call 24 hours per day for any concerns about COVID-19 or other urgent matters. The After Hours Service we use (888-307-6562) provides the very latest guidance from the CDC, AAP, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital about COVID-19 and is an excellent resource as well.
Please contact us with questions. We will all get though this stressful time together!!!