Updates on How To Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Currently, we are seeing many illnesses which include routine cold viruses, but it is safe to assume many of these could be the Coronavirus. We are following the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations in regard to management and control of COVID-19.

We are requesting for you to be part of our community and to help reduce the spread of any current illnesses including Coronavirus.

We recommend hand washing regularly, keeping surfaces clean, good hygiene, and avoiding touching your nose, mouth, and face. It’s important that you remain at home and socially distance yourself from other people to avoid the spread when you are sick. It is also important not to share bedding, towels/wash cloths, plates, cups or feeding utensils.

CDC has a website that will help you with questions regarding symptoms of COVID-19:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Seek medical care immediately if having difficulties breathing, lethargic, severe headache or abdominal pain.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has great resources:
Symptoms & Care: https://www.choa.org/medical-services/infectious-diseases/covid-19
Testing: https://www.choa.org/medical-services/infectious-diseases/covid-19/testing

HealthyChildren.Org has great resources to help you determine:
*if testing for COVID-19 is needed – (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Should-Your-Child-Be-Tested-for-COVID-19.aspx)
*how to stay safe in school– (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Return-to-School-During-COVID-19.aspx)
*the use of face masks– (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/ conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Cloth-Face-Coverings-for-Children-During-COVID-19.aspx)

If testing is indicated, go to the GA Department of Public Health website. Just go to the following link: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-testingdirect-patient-lines and proceed to the county of choice. Click on the link and follow the prompts unless you prefer to call directly.

CDC also has a website that will help you with questions regarding quarantining/isolation:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

In our office, please be patient as we navigate ways to keep everyone healthy. In addition to frequent cleaning, availability of hand sanitizer, etc. we have introduced new scheduling and intake processes, including pre-registering, face masks for everyone 3 years old & older (regardless of vaccine status), Medical Assistants completing Intake over the phone in the car upon arrival & delaying in-person Sick Visits to the afternoon. When coming into the office, it is very important to fully complete the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire so we can minimize any risks of spreading the infection in the office.

Thank you for being part of a solution to this current outbreak!