Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
Read on for some tips on staying healthy this summer, an update on the coronavirus vaccine, and more!
Which Summer Activities Are Safe?
With the arrival of June, Summer is officially underway. Parents will have to consider which typical family activities they think carry a lower risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. This article provides some perspective:
Going camping or to a vacation house should be low risk as long as you can maintain social distance. Similarly, spending the day at the beach or pool can also be safe if your children can stay distant from others.
Making Sure the Vaccine is Safe
The White House has labelled the effort to develop a vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19 as “Operation Warp Speed.” The process of identifying and preparing the vaccine will be shorter than with other vaccines because many of the necessary steps are happening simultaneously. This will NOT compromise the safety of the vaccine; it was recently announced that the final stage of development will involve giving the vaccine to over 100,000 volunteers. The unprecedented size of this trial will help guarantee that the vaccine made available to the general public will be safe. When a safe and effective vaccine is available, PPP will recommend it for all of our patients and their parents.
Some families will choose to remain isolated in their homes, effectively eliminating their risk of getting sick during the pandemic. Due to fatigue and a desire to resume some normal activities, many families will loosen restrictions and allow their children limited interactions outside the home. It may be helpful to think in terms of the Harm Reduction approach which acknowledges risk while promoting steps to decrease it. This graphic present a risk spectrum with tips on harm reduction:
The physical contact of hugging a loved one provides tangible benefits to adults and children. One of the consequences of social distancing during the pandemic is that many children have stopped hugging their grandparents. Brief hugs have a low risk of spreading the virus, especially if you remain facing in different directions and avoid coughing, talking or crying.
These images may help your children understand how to hug grandparents safely:
A recent study showed that while childhood injuries like broken bones have decreased during the pandemic, more of these injuries are occurring at home. With children riding bikes more, especially now that school is out, bicycle injuries are increasing. This information from CHOA reminds parents of the importance of bike helmets which your child should wear EVERY time they pedal, even if they are just riding in your driveway.
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.