COVID-19 Statement from Dr. Glazener

COVID-19 is an evolving illness, so recommendations may change over time. The good news is there have been no reported deaths in children (ages 0-9). COVID-19 appears to cause mild symptoms/illness in children.

  1. Where can my child get testing?

Testing will be done through the State Health Department. There is no in-office testing available.

  1. How do I know if my child has COVID-19?

When COVID-19 becomes widespread in our area, or if you have been somewhere with circulating COVID-19 then you would be monitoring for symptoms. Specifically cough, fever, sore throat and headache are the common symptoms. Symptoms which are of concern are labored breathing, shortness of breath or a patient with worsening symptoms the second week of illness.

  1. What do I do if I believe my child is ill?

Since there is no anti-viral treatment available, there is no specific treatment. Supportive treatment is the same as other respiratory viruses (rest, hydration and symptomatic fever relief). If your child is ill she/he should remain at home until fever is resolved for 24 hours. When COVID-19 is widespread absence/isolation will be longer.

  1. What are symptoms that require medical attention?

As no treatment is available, we anticipate children will be managed at home and will not routinely need an office visit. Part of controlling COVID-19 will be isolating children at home. If your child has concerning symptoms (see #2) we can help determine if your child needs to come to the office or go to the emergency room if there are significant breathing difficulties. We will have our nurses help with this determination over the phone.

 

Resources:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

HealthyChildren.org: https://www.healthychildren.org/english/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx

EPA List of Approved Disinfectant Products: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

Phone: 512-454-0406

Fax: 512-454-4380

Address:

5100 W Highway 290

Bldg 2, Suite 110

Austin, Texas 78735

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