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COVID-19 Update – Friday, April 24, 2020

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Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,

We will continue to provide you with as much up-to-date information pertaining to the coronavirus situation as we can.

Is it Safe to Resume Normal Activities?

This week Governor Kemp announced an easing of restrictions on some businesses. Salons, barbershops and gyms will be allowed to open on Friday with restaurants and theaters following on Monday.  The Governor faced the hard task of weighing the risks to Georgians’ health against the benefit of reviving the economy. However, these openings go against recommendations from public health experts that restrictions should remain in place until disease levels have dropped significantly and there is adequate testing available to monitor for disease resurgence.

As parents, you will need to make the same risk/benefit analysis to determine if you are comfortable relaxing the stay-at-home rules for your children. It is clear that you should continue to avoid crowded situations and maintain social distancing when outside the home.  Masks (for children 2 and older) should be worn when in public places, especially if it is difficult to maintain separation from others. If you go out to eat, choose a restaurant where you can maintain your distance from others and try to eat at a time when the restaurant will be less crowded.

Plan to relax your rules gradually. Plays dates and other in-person social interactions should continue to be avoided until there is clearer evidence that the pandemic is receding.

Schedule Check-ups for May

We are adding more spots to our appointment schedule in May, so you do not have to wait for the summer for your child’s check-up. We continue to see only check-ups through the morning and early afternoon, so that there is no risk of being exposed to children with fever or respiratory illnesses. If your child has a check-up scheduled over the summer, we may need to move that appointment as recommendations continue to evolve and we strive to keep everyone safe.

Should you Worry About COVID-19 on your Hair, Clothes and Shoes?

As stay-at-home restrictions are eased in the coming weeks, you and your children will begin venturing outside the home more. This article provides practical advice about the risk of COVID-19 on your clothes, hair, shoes or newspapers/packages making you sick:

NYTimes: Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?

In general, the risk is minimal. If someone has sneezed or coughed on you while outside the home, it is reasonable to wash your clothes, body and hair as soon as you return home.  If you have stayed socially distant from others while out, there is no need to take additional steps beyond good handwashing and avoiding touching the face.

Keeping Children Safe from Cleaning Products

Calls to U.S. poison centers about cleaner and disinfectant exposures increased by 20% in the first 3 months of this year compared to 2019.

In early months of pandemic, calls to poison control went up for incidents with cleaning agents

Remember to store all cleaning products out of reach for curious toddlers. Hand sanitizer ingestion is a concern due to the high alcohol content of these products; these calls have also been increasing. Save the Poison Control Center number (1-800-222-1222) in your phone for easy access.

 


We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Peachtree Park Pediatrics

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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment.  The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.


Peachtree Park Pediatrics
3193 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 250
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
404-351-1131
www.peachtreeparkpeds.com/