Information on COVID-19 Coronavirus

Here you will find regular updates from our doctors and links to reliable resources to help keep you up to date with the COVID-19 situation. Any changes to practice procedures or hours of operation will also be posted here.

The contents of this page rely on information from the CDC, AAP, Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).  We receive communication from these groups multiple times per day and are working to stay current and provide safe and appropriate advice and care to our patients.

Additional information on COVID-19…

On helping your child or teen through the COVID-19 situation…

When to be Seen at PPP

We are always happy to see your child in the office if you are concerned about their health.  However, with Flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating, we want kids to stay safely at home if an office visit is not needed.  If your child has mild symptoms, our phone nurses will give you advice on homecare and let you know what to look for as signs that the illness is worsening and your child should be evaluated.  In general, children with respiratory illnesses can be managed at home if they are breathing comfortably, eating, sleeping and playing.  Fevers can be treated with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen if your child is uncomfortable; if the fevers comes down with medicine and your child feels better (even temporarily) that is reassuring that the illness is unlikely to be serious.

This chart compares typical symptoms for colds, Flu, allergies and COVID-19.

Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 2020.

Testing for COVID-19

Testing for COVID-19 is available through DPH for patients with significant respiratory symptoms. CHOA does NOT test for COVID-19 in their Urgent Care centers and Emergency Rooms.  While commercial labs (LabCorp, Quest) now have the ability to test for COVID-19, they do not have the ability to collect patient samples.  PPP does NOT have the protective equipment to safely collect samples for testing and CHOA does NOT collect samples for testing at commercial labs.   Any testing for PPP patients will be done through DPH.

Staying Safe

Like other respiratory viruses (Flu, RSV, colds), COVID-19 is spread by direct contact with saliva and other respiratory secretions.  Frequent hand washing is the best protection because it prevents any viruses that you have touched from entering your body through the nose, mouth or eyes.  If your child has any respiratory illness (cough, runny nose, congestion, fever, etc.) they should be isolated from others until the symptoms have resolved. Children can return to Daycare, school and other activities if they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours without medications.

We are aware that DeKalb County has offered students the option to attend class remotely if they are at risk of severe complications from respiratory illnesses.  If you child has Moderate to Severe Asthma or another chronic condition that makes them more susceptible, we are happy to provide a note for the school documenting this condition.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to provide the best care and most current information to our patients and families.  Please get in touch with us if you have questions or concerns.