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.
Maintaining Separation of Sick and Well Patients
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have scheduled visits in the morning for children who needed check-ups, follow-up for chronic conditions and those with non-infectious conditions like injuries or rashes. Children with cough, fever or other indications of infection were only seen in the afternoon.
Recently, we have extended the schedule for non-infectious visits into the early afternoon to meet the increasing demand for check-ups. The last well visit is scheduled at 2:15 PM, so that all well patients have left the office before the sick visits start at 3:30 PM. In this way, you can continue to feel comfortable that we are doing everything we can to minimize your child’s risk of getting sick while in our office.
Day Camp Restriction Lifted
Earlier this week, Governor Kemp issued a new executive order which included these provisions:
- Day camps can open if they follow a set of rules designed to promote hygiene and safety
- Overnight camps remain banned until the Georgia Department of Health indicates they can be safely opened
- Daycares may now have up to 20 children per room (the previous cap was 10 per room)
We cannot give blanket advice on whether children should attend Daycare or camp. You should assess the class size and safety measures in a particular program and determine if you are comfortable with your child attending.
Don’t Skip Routine Check-ups and Vaccines
A recent report from the CDC showed decreasing rates of routine vaccinations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Falling rates of protection against Measles, Pertussis (Whooping Cough) and other vaccine-preventable infections could lead to resurgence of these diseases that have become rare in the vaccine era. If your child is due to a check-up or shots, please call the office to schedule a visit soon.
Successful Infection = Exposure to Virus x Time
As more businesses open and restrictions are lifted, parents and children have questions about their risks of infection in various circumstances. This blog by a biologist goes into detail describing the factors that make infection more or less likely.
In general, prolonged exposure (more than 5 minutes) in a small, enclosed area is more likely to result in infection. For example, as a shopper in the grocery store your risk of becoming infected is smaller because you are in the store for a short period of time and there is a large area of air space. Someone working in the same grocery store 8 hours per day has a higher risk because of their continued exposure over time.
Similarly, while a jogger may be expelling more virus particles as they breathe hard, the time you are exposed to them is very limited as they run past you. If your children are in a well-ventilated area with few people around them, the risk remains low. In contrast, a child who spends several hours with a group of friends in the basement has prolonged, close exposure that increases the risk of infection.
In New York, Atlanta and other parts of the country, there has been an increase in children with a severe inflammatory condition that shares symptoms with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. This article provides some details on what is now called Pediatric Multi-symptom Inflammatory Syndrome:
Fortunately, this condition remains rare. Please contact our office if your child has a prolonged, high fever, red eyes, abdominal pain and rash.
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.