Our offices are open, as we are deemed an essential business. We continue to provide all of your pediatric healthcare needs. It has always been our mission to deliver appropriate medical care in a loving and nurturing environment that provides for every aspect of your family’s health as it relates to your children. Our hope is that COVID-19 and social distancing will not prevent routine medical care and vaccines for your children.
Dr. Shouse, Dr. Mobley and Dr. Smith are actively monitoring the current pandemic. We continue to prioritize the safety, health and well-being of our patients and staff. Our office has always had policies and guidelines in place aligned with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health authorities to help prevent the spread of any contagious illness. At our facility, we have taken additional steps to promote your health and safety. It is our intention to keep you and your family safe from exposure to the COVID-19 virus and all contagious diseases.
- All persons upon entering our office building are required to put on a mask and use hand-sanitizer.
- All medical personnel, hospital staff and visitors are required to wear masks in the atrium and hallways of the building.
- We have provided physical separation of the chairs in our spacious waiting area to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- We continue to disinfect each exam room before and after each patient use.
- We sanitize our doors, countertops, handles and faucets frequently throughout the day.
We encourage you to come to our office for your routine health and other visits. We are also pleased at this time to be offering TELEHEALTH visits when appropriate. Please call our staff to schedule the appointment type that best fits your needs.
IN OFFICE AND TELEVISITS AVAILABLE!!!
As we all practice social distancing, we want you to know that we are still open to meet your family’s healthcare needs in our office. We are still offering routine check-ups, recommended vaccinations and sick visits.
For those that want to remain as isolated as possible, we are offering telehealth visits with our physicians during regular office hours. Please know we are here for you and want to help maintain your child’s health during these uncertain times.
Please call our office at 972-981-8380 with any concerns you have. You may also email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org Stay well, dear friends!
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children
Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?
A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children. From limited information published from past Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks, infection among children was relatively uncommon.
For information on risk, please see current risk assessment. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.
Q: Does the clinical presentation of COVID-19 differ in children compared with adults?
A: Limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) have been reported in at least one child with COVID-19. These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon.
Q: Are children at increased risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality from COVID-19 infection compared with adults?
A: There have been very few reports of the clinical outcomes for children with COVID-19 to date. Limited reports from China suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 may present with mild symptoms and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. However, as with other respiratory illnesses, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of severe infection, such as children with underlying health conditions.
Q: Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19?
A: There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19. Clinical management includes prompt implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures in healthcare settings and supportive management of complications.
Children and their family members should engage in usual preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including covering coughs, cleaning hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza.
Cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-neov/specific-groups/children-faq.html March 1, 2020