2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)
The Doctors and Nurse Practitioners at Preston Ridge Pediatrics are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Health (DPH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA). The virus and the protocols around it are changing quickly, and we are working to mitigate any impact on patient care and services provided. We are keeping up to date on new information and screening protocols.
We ask all patients and their family members who meet all of these criteria: have a fever, symptoms of a respiratory infection, and have either been out of the country in the last 3 weeks to either (China or Italy) or have had known contact with a person infected by COVID-19 to call the office first to discuss the next steps of care. Please do not walk into the office to be seen so that we can appropriately assess the risk of exposure to other individuals.
Many parents are wondering how they can prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect their families. We at PRPA understand your concerns and have complied a list of precautionary measures to help stop the spread of germs (all germs not just Coronavirus).
1. How Can I Protect my Family/kids?
The best way to stop a respiratory infection is to avoid exposure. Here are a few simple tips to help lower the risk of your family catching a viral illness:
- WASH Hands OFTEN with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If you do not have soap and water then Alcohol based Hand Sanitizer is appropriate to use.
- AVOID touching your face especially your Eyes, Nose, & Mouth.
- COVER your Cough or Sneeze with a tissue or use your inner Elbow if no tissues are available. Wash hands or Hand Sanitize after using tissues.
- CLEAN and DISINFECT frequently touched objects and surfaces including but not limited to (Electronic Devices, Door knobs, kitchen and bathroom counters/faucets/knobs, Light switches).
- AVOID close contact with people who are sick & AVOID contact with others when you are sick
(keep kids home from school/ stay out of work if you are running a fever of 100.4F or higher)
2. Should I wear a Mask?
The CDC and WHO do NOT recommend people who are healthy to wear a facemask to protect themselves from Coronavirus. Facemasks should only be worn by individuals that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in order to prevent the spread of the virus to other people.
Preston Ridge is unable to give out masks for home use as these are necessary for healthcare providers.
3. Where should I get my updated information from?
Updated information for COVID-19 should be obtained from a reputable healthcare site and not the nightly news or facebook/social media. Here are several resources to get up to date & accurate information on COVID-19:
We hope this helps ease some of your concerns and answers some of your questions. We are doing everything we can to keep our patients and staff healthy.
The Preston Ridge Team