Here at ESD Pediatric Group we take the health and well-being of our patients and staff very seriously. As medical professionals we are in contact with the Ohio Department of Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the CDC and AAP.
Our physicians have met and have formulated contingency plans to do our best to help our patients. These plans are fluid and in alignment with health department recommendations.
As health care professionals our goal is to treat and prevent adverse outcomes whenever possible. With that said, unless your child is in severe distress or pain, it would be appropriate to observe and provide symptomatic care. If the conditions worsen, contact the office to schedule an appointment.
For now, COVID-19 appears to cause pneumonia (lower respiratory illness). Symptoms would be expected to include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. It is not clear whether COVID-19 causes other clinical symptoms.
If there is any good news, most children with the coronavirus have mild cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough, according to the CDC. Gastrointestinal issues, like vomiting and diarrhea, may also occur. Some children have no symptoms whatsoever.
The coronavirus complications appear to be uncommon for those under 18 years old—even in small infants. In fact, the WHO-China Joint Mission report states that only 2.5 percent of children diagnosed with the coronavirus had “severe” symptoms, and 0.2 percent were considered "critical." The recorded complications include acute respiratory distress syndrome and septic shock, according to the CDC.
As with all communicable diseases, the following measures can help prevent the spread of Coronavirus:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water several times a day. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces each day. Use a household cleaner according to label instructions.
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Use online transactions when possible.
- Avoid visiting nursing homes -- and if you are sick, do NOT visit nursing homes.
- If you have an older person in your home or someone with compromised health, such as asthma, understand that the biggest threat to them may be you bringing the virus into the home.
- If you or a loved one is older, think twice about an upcoming trip.
We are closely monitoring the situation and updates will be posted as the situation evolves.