As healthcare providers it is important for us to stay up to date with ongoing issues that may affect our own health and how we care for our patients. With the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak spreading, Viva Pediatrics is committed to ensuring our staff and patients remain safe. Although the way the coronavirus is transmitted has not been confirmed, it is believed to be spread between people who had “close contact” with one another. This could loosely be described as someone being coughed or sneezed upon. Unlike the flu, the coronavirus is a pneumonia-like infection. The virus symptoms manifest as a mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
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HERE ARE SOME PREVENTION TIPS THAT SHOULD BE OBSERVED
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. This includes medical equipment and toys.
PATIENTS / FAMILIES
It is important that you communicate with our office if you or someone in your family is sick. This will enable our clinicians are able to take adequate precautions if needed to prevent the spread of any illness to other patients. This could mean adjusting your schedule if you are receiving therapy and/or nursing services.
It is important is important that you communicate with our office if you are sick and unable to make it to your shift so that we can find an adequate replacement clinician for your patient. Communication is important to maintain continuity of care for our patients.
If you have recently traveled to or are planning on traveling to any of the countries identified by the CDC as having travel advisories related to the coronavirus please let our office know immediately.
For more information you can visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.