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. Read on for more information about COVID-19 testing and what to expect as states continue to ease their shelter-in-place restrictions.
When Can the Kids See Grandma and Grandpa?
After more than 2 months of staying at home and social distancing, many families are asking if it is safe to reconnect in person with relatives. This article provides some practical recommendations:
While there is a small risk that grandparents with COVID-19 will make your children sick, the much bigger risk is for the grandparents who are likely older and may have underlying health conditions that make them more likely to have complications from the disease.
- Before grandparents visit, assess your family for “leaks” in your quarantine practices, focusing on outside human contacts for each family member. How often do you and your children leave the house to go to the store? How often do workmen or others enter your home? Ideally, you should all be on strict restrictions for 2 weeks before grandparents visit to minimize the risk of getting sick and passing it on to them.
- If travelling to the grandparents’ home, try to have minimal outside contacts for 2 weeks prior to the trip. Be aware of contacts during travel, at the airport, restaurants or hotels.
- During nice weather, spend the majority of time with grandparents outside. Wearing masks outside will also decrease the risk.
- Mask are removed for meals but continue to maintain 6 feet of social distance while eating. Don’t share food and drinks and use lots of hand sanitizer at mealtimes.
- Children respond well to using masks if they know it is to keep their grandparents safe. Tell them they are like superheroes who help save people!
Coronavirus Does NOT Spread From Touching Surfaces or Objects
This week the CDC updated information about how COVID-19 spreads. The virus spreads easily between people and direct, close contact is the main way to become infected. In contrast, the virus does not spread easily in other ways, including touching objects and surfaces or coming into contact with animals. Continue to remind your children to wash their hands and avoid touching their mouth and nose but you can begin to allow them to interact more with the outside world, maintaining social distance and avoiding contact with others whenever possible.
Strong Immune Response to Infection Makes Effective Vaccine More Likely
While a vaccine won’t be available soon, a recent small study demonstrated that patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection have elevated levels of the immune T-cells that are targeted to the spike protein on the virus outer shell. This robust immune response may be aided by prior exposure to coronaviruses that cause the common cold. If this is true it will increase the likelihood that a vaccine will produce long-lasting, protective levels of antibodies. When a vaccine is available and recommended for children, PPP will provide it to our patients as quickly as possible. From Flu season, we have lots of experience with immunizing thousands of children in a relatively short period of time.
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.
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.