Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
Read on for some tips on staying healthy while travelling this summer, the importance of wearing masks, advice from the CDC on resuming everyday activities, and more!
Planning summer vacations can be difficult during this pandemic. This CDC website offers good advice about how to travel safely:
Items to consider:
- Is COVID-19 spreading in the community you will be visiting?
- If you will be visiting susceptible friends or relatives, is COVID-19 prevalent in your community? Visits with grandparents often involves prolonged, close contact, increasing the risk of spreading infection from a child who is asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic.
- Does the state or local government at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling?
- On long car trips, making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces.
- Many families travel to the beach for vacations, but a number of coastal locations are current “hot spots” of virus activity.
Consistent Mask Wearing to Avoid the Second Wave
Research from Britain shows that consistent mask wearing in public is the best way to avoid a second wave of the pandemic:
In a variety of test scenarios, consistent mask wearing by at least 50% of the population, compared to wearing masks only once symptoms started, reduced the risk of a widespread outbreak by half. Remind your children that wearing masks in public protects themselves, protects others AND makes it less likely that lockdown measures will be needed in the future.
CDC Guidance on Resuming Activities Safely
Recently the CDC updated information on their COVID-19 website under the heading of “Daily Life and Coping”:
Here you will find the latest advice on how to be safe:
- At Home
- Errands and Going Out
- Caring for Children
- Stress and Coping
- Pets and Other Animals
Managing Your Child’s “Exposure Budget”
Risk of infection with COVID-19 is cumulative, so encourage your child to think about their total level of exposure over the course of a week or month. They can spend more of their “Exposure Budget” on high-priority activities and skip those that are less meaningful to them. A Stanford Psychologist wrote “Don’t take risks where it’s not needed and make trade-offs that are congruent with your larger health needs and priorities.” High risk exposures, like those indoors in poorly ventilated places, should be kept as brief as possible. Learning to budget and allocate a limited resource (be it money or your potential virus exposure) is an excellent life skill.
Since the pandemic began, fewer children have visited Emergency Rooms. However, a recent article detailed increased reports of broken bones and other serious injuries from accidents on bikes and trampolines:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against home trampolines due to safety concerns. If you have a trampoline at home, or your child will be using one at a friend’s house, the best way to reduce the risk of injury is to insist that only ONE child bounce on the trampoline at a 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.