School closings, containment zones and quarantines are ramping up Coronavirus anxiety amongst all of us, from the youngest, who respond to our stress, to the elderly, who are most affected, to those of us in the middle, who feel responsible for the whole family.
Your doctors at Brentwood Pediatrics are here for you, not only for medical care but as a source of reliable and sane information. We suggest you look at COVID-19 information from two perspectives.
1 Personal Safety: the vast majority of people infected by COVID-19 will have mild illness, especially children.
2 Community responsibility: the CDC and Health Department are trying to limit spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas and social distancing are being implemented for these purposes.
The best way to stay healthy is by practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and staying away from large gatherings when possible. Take advantage of the nicer weather and socialize outdoors. If you or any one in your family is sick, stay home. When needed, cough into your elbow.
If your child is sick please call us. We are all screening patients carefully and doing what is needed to keep our families safe. When the office is closed our 24-hour exchange will be available to all patients.
Keep your scheduled well care appointments. Children still need to get physicals and the vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious than coronavirus. Our office have implemented procedures to keep you safe. We are following appropriate CDC recommendations. We are cleaning intensely and often.
What else can you do? Shut off the TV and give yourself and your children a break. When possible, keep their schedules normal. If your district is open, send them to school. Look for anxiety symptoms - such as moodiness, trouble sleeping and separation anxiety. Talk to your children about their fears. Reassure them.
Check on your elderly neighbors, family and friends. These people are most at risk for complications of Coronavirus. Ask if you can get them food, medicine or anything else they need. We are a community, we need to take care of each other.