Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A

We know that this can be a scary time for families. We hope that this information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) will clarify concerns that you may have for your children. If you have ANY questions please do not hesitate to call us (215-525-8600), email us (pediatrics@fight.org), or message us through the patient portal.

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Coronavirus (COVID 19) is a new infection and it is very contagious. Children and young adults don’t usually get too sick, but elderly people and people with severe medical conditions can get very sick.  Currently we do not have a vaccine for this infection.  In most people the infection will go away on its own without treatment. Call us at 215-525-8600 or email us at pediatrics@fight.org if you would like more information. 

No. You should be careful, but you should not panic. COVID-19 is generally very mild in children and in healthy young adults, but it can really dangerous for the elderly or for those with serious medical conditions (like serious heart or lung disease or a weak immune system).  If you would like to speak with one of our providers about your specific concerns please call us at 215-525-8600 or email us at pediatrics@fight.org. 

COVID-19 is spread when small droplets of fluid from the mouth, nose, or eyes of a sick person comes in contact with the mouth, nose or eyes of another person. The infection can spread very easily when one person coughs or sneezes into the air without covering their mouth. The infection can also spread by objects.  For example, if a sick person touches their mouth and then a door knob, they have just put droplets of fluid onto the door knob. Then when another person touches that doorknob they can also get sick. Even if you don’t feel sick you could spread the infection to another person, so please be sure to cover your mouth when coughing.  

The only way to get rid of this virus is for all of us to work together. That means that we all need stay in our homes and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Avoid large crowds, and definitely avoid other people who are sick. Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching door knobs or riding public transportation.  Please call us at 215-525-8600 or email us at pediatrics@fight.org for more information about how to avoid getting sick. 

The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Usually these symptoms are very mild. Sometimes children can also have vomiting or diarrhea. Some children can be infected and not even know it!

We still don’t have enough supplies to test every child who is sick. However, most children do not need to be tested. To determine if your child is eligible to be tested please call us at 215-525-8600. 

Call us (215-525-8600) or go to the emergency room immediately if your child is having breathing difficulty or if they are unable to drink enough fluids, or if they look very weak. 

Most of the time no treatment is necessary. You can try Tylenol for fevers, give lots of fluid, rest, and avoid other people (so that you don’t get them sick). Children who are very sick will need to go to the emergency department. 

Symptoms can last for a week, but you can still spread the infection to other people for up to 14 days!

Your child can return to school or daycare after 14 days. 

The best way to protect others in your home is to avoid them if possible. Wash your hands as many times as you can. Cough into your arm (not your hands!). 

YES! We are here to support you, but please call us before coming in as we are not taking walk-in patients. In order to keep you safe we have cancelled all non-urgent appointments (this is so that your child doesn’t accidentally get sick from another child). We are also doing most of our work on the telephone and by video-chat. We are encouraging most sick children to stay home. We are regularly cleaning our space and we wear proper protective equipment to keep our staff safe. All of this is being done to make sure that you, your children, and our staff remain healthy.  

The World Health Organization has an excellent website: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses 

Call us! 215-525-8600 or email us at pediatrics@fight.org or contact us through your patient portal!

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