Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update
Posted on 05/12/2021

Coronavirus Update 5/12/2021


5/12/2021 update with information on COVID vaccines for kids over 12, you can find a vaccine for your child through the Maricopa County Health Department Website
3/23/21 update about office location changes


*Masks are required for kids over age 2 and adults for all office appointments.*

Patient Instructions for Quarantine

coronavirusWhat is Coronavirus?

- COVID-19, is a new strain of Coronavirus. It is in the same family of viruses as SARS and MERS

How is it transmitted?
- Coronavirus is transmitted through droplets spread through cough, sneezing or touch

What are the symptoms and how serious is it?
- Cough, fever, shortness of breath, and/or muscle aches. Some notice significant loss of appetite and/or loss of smell. Symptoms can range from asymptomatic or mild to severe.
- Many people have mild disease, including most children. Most of the serious cases are in older patients and/or patients with complex medical conditions.
- You can find more information on a very rare inflammatory syndrome reported in some children: Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

How is it treated?
- Currently there is no specific treatment for most patients with Coronavirus. Treatment is supportive care to help relieve symptoms. There are some antibody treatments available to higher risk individuals over age 18 who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and some therapeutics for hospitalized patients.
- There are 3 current vaccines to protect against COVID-19 authorized for emergency use in the United States. The vaccine manufactured by Pfizer has authorization for use in kids 12 and over and there are ongoing trials to look at younger ages. There are many other vaccines currently completing late stage trials as well.
- COVID-19 vaccines are now available for all Arizona children and adults 12 and over. COVID-19 vaccines are getting distributed to local clinics soon, so we will post more information when our office has them available. We are recommending COVID-19 vaccines for all of our patients who are eligable for vaccine. You can find out more information about COVID-19 vaccine distribution from the Maricopa County Health Department.

How can it be prevented?
- Get vaccinated when vaccine is available to you to protect your family and community.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching hands to face and eyes.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from those outside of your household and wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not always possible.
- For vaccianted individuals, the CDC is still recommending masking and distancing precautions outside of your household unless everyone involved is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (and at least 2 weeks from their last vaccine dose).

- If you are sick, stay home. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if you have no mask. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean surfaces regularly with products labeled effective against bacteria and viruses.
If you are sick it is recommended to wear a mask or face covering over the nose and mouth even at home to prevent spread of droplets that can infect others.


What to do if you are exposed or you think you may have or at risk for Coronavirus?
- If your child has had contact with someone with COVID-19 but is currently asymptomatic, stay away from others and monitor for symptoms for 10-14 days from last exposure. If you child needs a test to return to school before 10 days, they can get tested after 5 days or more following their last date of contact to end their quarantine period after 7 days.
- If you have any symptoms of illness, please schedule an appointment to be evaluated.
- For children over the age of 2 with mild or no symptoms we are offering telemedicine visits to come up with a testing plan that works best for your situation.
- If your child is having any respiratory distress, take them to the ER, and let them know you are at risk for Coronavirus.
- Adolescents over the age of 12 years who have had moderate illness due to COVID (prolonged fevers, bedrest, respiratory symptoms but not requiring hospitalization) are recommended to have a screening EKG prior to return to play of vigorous athletics. Children and adolescents who have had assymptomatic or mild infection should be assymptomatic for minimum 14 days before return to play. Call the office or portal message your pediatrician if you have questions or concerns.


Protecting yourself and the community
- Keep yourself informed and know where to find up to date information (CDC.gov, azdhs.gov, who.int)
- Wash your hands, clean surfaces regularly, practice good hygiene control measures
- Masks are now required in many areas of Arizona when you are out and about and unable to practice physical distancing. 
- If you are sick, please stay home!! Refer to the Patient Instructions for Quarantine handout if instructed to self quarantine by your provider.
- Parents and families must continue to make choices they feel is best for their family with regards to return to day care and school.
- We must all adapt to disruptions in our regular routines (i.e. telecommuting, school closures, event cancellations) and follow advice from our local/state officials.
- Avoid nonessential travel
  
What is our office is doing to keep your family safe?
- We are keeping well child visits and sick visits separated. We are seeing both well and sick visits at both locations but separating the locations within the clinic for well and sick patients. Saturday sick clinic has returned to the Ironwood office location.
- We also ask that you let us know before your appointment if you have had known close exposure/contact to anyone with COVID in the last 14 days. You can call our office anytime and we will be happy to help accomodate a change in appointment date. This is imperative for us to be able to keep our staff and other patients healthy.
- We are offering telemedicine appointments when an in-person exam is not required. Please contact our team to schedule.
- We are currently seeing children of all ages for their well checks.
- We ask that all families and patients (over age 2 -- to the best of their ability) wear a mask for their appointment. This helps ensure our staff and providers stay safe and healthy as well.
- Our staff and cleaning company are taking extra precautions to make sure both offices are appropriately cleaned.
- We are checking everyone's temperature at the front desk during "well" hours and anyone who has a fever will need to be rescheduled during our "sick" hours.
- Our staff and providers are wearing protective equipment and are monitoring frequently for any signs of infection.

Testing for Coronavirus
- We have the capability of doing rapid in-house testing as well as send out testing to local labs. These different test types and their utilization will be based on your child's symptoms and history of illness or exposure and determined by your provider at your child's visit and also based on our testing supply. We are only testing children who are our patients and cannot offer testing of parents.
- If your child has been exposed directly to someone with COVID (close contact is less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) but is asymptomatic currently, we recommend quarantining for 10-14 days to monitor for symptom development. If you need a test to return to school sooner than 10 days, you can schedule an in-person or telemedicine visit to schedule testing.
- We are not routinely recommending antibody testing for Coronavirus.


Important Travel Restrictions
- Delay travel plans if able. Travel by car when circumstances permit.  
- For up to date information on travel recommendations please refer to: www.cdc.gov

What is the risk for Maricopa County and Arizona?
- The number of cases of COVID-19 in our community has been decreasing this spring and hopefully will continue to fall as more people in Maricopa country get vaccinated. There still is concern for new strains to circulate and cause a new wave of infection potentially among vaccinated individuals. Please remember to continue to practice social distancing, stay at home when able, and wear a mask when out of the house even if you are vaccinated.
- For best up to date information on risk in Arizona and Maricopa county: www.maricopa.gov/coronavirus

Helpful Links & Resources:
CDC Coronavirus Symptom Self-Checker
Patient Instructions for Quarantine
Home Isolation Guidelines
CDC Coronavirus
Maricopa County Health Department
Maricopa County Vaccine Finder
Additional COVID Testing Locations
AAP Guidelines for School Re-entry
AAP Guidelines for Return to Sports
ACC Guidelines for Return to Play following COVID

AAP Guidelines Infants of COVID Positive Mothers

Breastfeeding Guidelines - COVID positive/exposed
COVID Vaccine & Breastfeeding (ABM)
COVID Vaccine & Breastfeeding/Pregnancy (ACOG)
Maricopa County COVID Vaccine Updates
Article on Helping Kids Wear Face Masks
Activity Ideas for Kids
Helping Your Kids Cope

North Scottsdale Pediatrics

  • Ironwood Office - 9827 N. 95th St. Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Phone: (480)-860-8488
  • Deer Valley Office - 21807 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Phone: (480)-860-8488

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