What is coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. It belongs to the same family of virus as the common cold, SARS and MERS. However, it seems to be more contagious than these related coronaviruses. According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus primarily spreads through airborne respiratory droplets, close contact, and contaminated surfaces.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus in children?
Children, as a group, have been relatively spared by COVID-19. The illness in pediatric cases appears to be mild, with most cases presenting with symptoms of a common cold, such as:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Fever, cough and shortness of breath appear to be common in the more severe cases.
I’m concerned about COVID-19 symptoms in my child. What should I do?
If your child develops symptoms, or you have concerns about having been exposed to the virus, PedsNow is here for you. Our providers are available 7 days a week to provide pediatric COVID-19 testing and care when you need it most. Simply walk into our clinic, or check in online to save time. You can also get an initial evaluation from home using Video Visits. We have enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures so you can feel safe seeking treatment.
For any life-threatening emergency, call 911. If your child is having trouble breathing, experiencing chest pain, or dehydration, please go to the nearest Emergency Room.
What is PedsNow doing to ensure the clinic is safe to visit?
We’re committed to maintaining a safe, sanitized, and welcoming environment in which you can seek care for your child during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have extra safety measures in place to safeguard the health of our patients, staff, and community.
- We have enhanced cleaning measures. All surfaces (doorknobs, exam tables, drawers, etc) are wiped down at regular intervals and after each visit. We also perform a nightly deep clean.
- We have reduced the number of surfaces you need to physically touch while in the clinic, and have hand sanitizer available throughout the facility.
- All staff wear appropriate PPE and face masks. We also ask patients and parents to wear face masks while in clinic.
- We are triaging all patients over the phone to make sure it is safe to visit.
- We are limiting the number of people in the office and have reduced seating in the waiting area to ensure proper social distancing.
- We are currently only allowing the patient and one adult in the exam room per visit.