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COVID-19 Update – Friday, May 8, 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.

What Will School Look Like in the Fall?

Recent guidance from the AAP indicates that the resumption of school in the Fall may occur in phases and that intermittent closures may be necessary until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is available.  It is not too early to discuss with your children and teens the possibilities for the next school year.  Your experience with distance learning over the past 6 weeks should create expectations if it again proves necessary at times during the next academic year.

To safely return to in-person classes schools need:

  1. Strategies to stop coronavirus from entering the campus
  2. Measures to decrease person-to-person transmission
  3. Quick testing, diagnosis, isolation, and contract tracing when necessary

Encourage your child’s school to have these measures in place for the start of classes in August.

 

Telemedicine at PPP

We have been offering telemedicine for the past 3 weeks.  While there are limitations, these visits are a way to communicate with your doctor during the pandemic and optimize care for chronic medical conditions like ADHD, asthma, and mental health.  There are also some select acute sick visits which can be managed via telemedicine.  Our trained nurses can help you determine which type of visit, in office or telemedicine, is right for your child.

 

Advice After Hours

On weekends and after hours, we will still be utilizing the Children’s Healthcare nurse advice line to return calls and offer after hours advice.   Antibiotics will NOT be called out after hours for sick children who require an exam and or diagnostic tests to make an accurate diagnosis (e.g. strep, ear infection, UTI).

 

Managing Anxiety in Anxious Times

Many parents and teens with Anxiety have had increased problems over the past two months with the disruption of routines and uncertainty during the pandemic. 

On Tuesday, May 12th, Skyland Trail is offering a free virtual presentation with tips and resources for how adolescents and adults can cope with challenges during these anxious times:

https://www.skylandtrail.org/education-outreach/events/dorothy-c-fuqua-lecture/

 

Intermittent Social Distancing

There have been numerous models predicting the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming month and years.  Most expect there will be periodic spikes of increased disease activity.

One proposed response is to set a threshold for turning “on” social distancing when disease prevalence increases along with a separate threshold to turn if “off” when disease levels drop sufficiently.  As you begin to loosen control and let your children do more outside the home in the coming months, remind them that if disease levels increase you may need to tighten restrictions again.

 


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/