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COVID-19 Coronavirus 11/17/2020

We at Arundel Pediatrics want to reassure you during this overwhelming and difficult time that we are here for you and your families. We are committed to providing the highest level of care to all our families, providers and staff. As the situation with the COVID-19 virus changes on a daily basis, we are monitoring the situation closely with our local, state and federal resources to stay informed so that we can provide the very best information and medical advice. By providing the information below, we hope to provide some basic education and also some reassurance to our families. And while it is important to be informed and vigilant, it is also important to stay calm and level-headed! 

Basic Facts

  • Who/What Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that affect the respiratory system, primarily, and include the common cold. The COVID-19 virus is a new strain in this family that originated first in China but has now officially become a global pandemic. 
  • Spread is airborne - droplet and contact - person to person through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing, within a six-foot radius. These droplets end up on a surface and can be spread by coming in contact with the contaminated surface, and can remain infectious for days. 
  • Symptoms fever, cough, shortness of breath are the main symptoms. Other less common symptoms include headache, malaise, fatigue, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea and sore throat. Symptoms can be as mild as a sore throat or just look like a mild cold and people can be infected without showing symptoms for up to 14 days. 
  • So far it appears to be a mild illness in over 80% of people, especially children. Children have been especially lucky, and so far the data is that only a very small number of children have become seriously ill - this is great news for all of us in pediatrics! Overall, children worldwide have had much milder ill- ness with this virus and while there are reports of Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome in kids, these numbers are still very low.
  • High Risck populations are those older adults (> 65 yrs) and those with underlying medical issues.

If You Are Sick or Have Been Exposed

  • Travel outside the US or coming from abroad in the last 14 days - Fever, cough, shortness of breath, “bronchitis” symptoms
  • Close Contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19

If you have any of these risk factors — please call the office, and we can assess your risk over the phone. Do not come to the office.

Our staff has been trained to direct the appropriate care and testing for you and your child, but we must be cautious about exposing other children and our staff. At this time, we are seeing patients for sick visits and covid testing, both the rapid test and the PCR test. 

Testing

Our staff has been trained to direct the appropriate care and testing for you and your child, but we must be cautious about exposing other children and our staff. At this time, we are seeing patients for sick visits and covid testing, both the rapid test and the PCR test. 

Also available through the Health Department of Maryland, most urgent care centers, as well as at our two office locations.

Treatment

  • There are no antiviral treatments or vaccines, supportive therapies and careful monitoring are recommended for worsening of symptoms.
  • People with mild illnesses are being told to remain at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, and to seek further care only if the symptoms worsen during their illness.

Preventative Measures

Wash Your Hands Soap and warm water, for 20 seconds! Including scrubbing under fingernails 

  • Use Alcohol-based Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer
  • Clean & Disinfect Frequently touched objects or surfaces with cleaning sprays or wipes or sanitizers - ethanol alcohol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (bleach) are all effective against coronaviruses. 
  • Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
    • Use alcohol and mix with aloe vera gel, you can even add essential oils (lavender tea tree, peppermint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, oregano, thieves - 1-2 drops only in case of sensitive skin).  
    • Using 99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol: Mix 2/3 cup alcohol with 1/3 cup vera gel 
    • Using 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol: Mix 3/4 cup alcohol with 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
    • Using 70% alcohol: 3 oz alcohol with 2 tsp aloe vera gel 
  • Cover Your Coughs & Sneezes - and teach this to your kids, asap, if you haven’t already!
  • Avoid Unnecessary Crowds
  • Avoid Contact with people with known corona exposure or recent travel 

Boost Your Immune System

  • Get plenty of SLEEP
  • Try to minimize STRESS
  • Vitamin C in higher, immune-boosting doses, twice daily- 1000-5000MG 
    • For kids < 8 years – 1000MG, twice daily 
    • For kids > 8 yrs - 2000-4000MG, twice daily 
  • Vitamin D - 1000-5000IU daily
    • For kids < 8 years - 1000-2000IU
    • For kids > 8 years – 5000IU daily 
  • Zinc - 15-30MG - liquid, lozenges, capsules <8years-15MG; >8years30MG
  • Stay hydrated!

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