TLC Pediatrics has been closely following the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation since it first unfolded a few months ago. With the discovery of further cases in Arizona over the past several days, we have implemented an action plan regarding our clinic's management of COVID-19, as detailed below. In addition, given the high degree of media coverage and general public concern surrounding COVID-19, we would like to provide appropriate guidance and resources to help our patients navigate this emerging situation.
What do we know?
There are many statistics and facts regarding COVID-19 in the news and on the Internet. After thorough research, we believe these are some of the most important facts for our parents to know.
-More than 80% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic (no symptoms) or very mild.
-The populations currently who are most at-risk are elderly individuals and individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
-While data on pediatric cases is rare, preliminary findings seem to show that children may not be experiencing some of the more serious complications of COVID-19. We continue to monitor any and all updates on pediatric COVID-19 care closely.
What do we plan to do?
At this time, TLC Pediatrics continues to follow CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services recommendations regarding management of COVID-19. We will be introducing new screening questions for all appointments to identify potential high-risk patients. This includes details on recent travel and exposure to known patients with COVID-19.
At this time, if you are a sick patient or caregiver who has recently traveled to high-risk areas OR who has recently come into DIRECT contact with a known case of COVID-19, we strongly request that you do not enter either office. Please call our clinic first to discuss further if you are unclear about your risk level. We will direct you as indicated based on your individual situation.
Testing for the virus is becoming more readily available. At this time, the Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating all testing on suspected cases. Commercial testing, including LabCorp and SonoraQuest, is also becoming available, but continues to be at the discretion of AZDHS. We will continue to monitor the testing situation closely, and keep our patients updated on new developments.
What can you do?
At this time, there is no known cure or vaccine for COVID-19. The Arizona Department of Health Services and the CDC recommend the following to help prevent and reduce your risk:
-Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
-Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth in public areas.
-Avoid school and work if you or your child are feeling ill.
Above all, we encourage our parents to reassure your children. Although COVID-19 remains an emerging situation and there is still much to learn, maintaining a steady and safe routine is the best way to help ease your child's concerns about the illness.
Further resources can be found below:
Arizona Department of Health Services - https://azdhs.gov/
Center for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
And as always, TLC Pediatrics also remains a resource to our families. Please feel free to call our office with questions and concerns.