What do we do?
By now we have all heard about COVID-19 and have felt a flood of conflicting emotions with regards to the pandemic. Are we overreacting? Underreacting? What do we do?!
We know you have been bombarded with non-stop blogs, news articles and social media posts about the coronavirus and we don’t want to add to the noise. We at MD Pediatrics want to equip you with tools and information to help you keep calm and safe during COVID-19.
What you can do to keep yourself, your family and your community safe
Unfortunately, it can be hard to know what to do, which articles to read or who to listen to during this time. Thankfully there are plenty of reliable resources you can look at to help you keep your family and community safe during COVID-19. One key resource is the CDC website itself! You can also check out this article from Children’s Medical Center and any article from Healthy Children regarding the coronavirus. Each of these have information on the virus itself, how to keep the virus from spreading and how to plan for the future.
Believe it or not, good hand hygiene goes a long way! To avoid spreading germs keep your hands and home clean. Also, avoid anyone who is sick and keep your kiddos away from the elderly as much as possible. Although children are not at high risk, anyone over 60 years of age is.
Don’t hesitate to Call-
If you suspect your child may have COVID-19, you can call the Catalyst Hotline 214-964-0319 or check the website for a quick initial screening at catalysthealthnetwork.com/coronavirus. As always, we have a 24 hour nurse advice line. If your child is sick in any way, always feel free to call us for medical advice and/or to schedule an appointment.
What MD Pediatric Associates is doing to keep their patient’s, staff, and community safe
A lot of measures have been put in place to keep both our staff and patients safe. Although children are not at high risk of contracting COVID-19, the flu is still going around as well as other health concerns. Our priority is to be accessible to all of our patient’s while taking the necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some ways we are doing this are:
- Screening patients for COVID-19 when making an appointment and when coming through our doors. This will include questions like ‘Have you traveled internationally recently? Have you traveled domestically to NY, WA, or CA? Do you have a fever? Do you have a cough? Etc.’
- Removing everything out of the waiting rooms and patient rooms. Anything anyone can touch will be removed to stop the spread of any germs.
- The lobbies, patient rooms, and bathrooms will be disinfected regularly through the day.
- When a patient walks in with fever or cough (either or), they will be given a mask and sent to a room immediately. For all fever or cough patients that require testing or respiratory testing (flu, strep, RSV, cultures, etc), any staff treating them will be wearing eye protection (Goggles), a mask, and gloves.
- We have virtual visits available, not only for behavioral concerns but acute visits as well.
We hope that with each of these measures we will be protecting and serving our community in the best way possible. Keep calm, keep informed and keep safe everyone!