Returning to School, Daycare and Work
As schools debate plans for fall, families are faced to decide both if they are comfortable with their children attending school or daycare and how to handle sicknesses that could occur in that setting.
The CDC has a decision tool to help parents determine safety and protocols for their children. These criteria must be satisfied as a baseline. Your confidence level and unique situation must be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Please be aware we cannot make blanket recommendations, nor will we be able to write extended school or work excuses. We highly encourage parents to discuss with your employer and/or your child’s school their expectations for work attendance.
We appreciate how frustrating this current situation is. We empathize with parents as they make their own decisions that are not easy to make.
Rapid- We are not able to offer testing at our office at this time.
Frederick Health offers testing for children and adults, while CVS and Walmart do for 18 years and older only.
Please call to speak with our triage nurse prior to attempting to get tested.
Serology / Antibody- This is a blood test that is currently NOT recommended for the general pediatric population.
Serology testing could determine if a person was exposed to COVID-19 and developed an immune response. However, it will not determine if that presence of antibodies provides “protection” or future immunity, nor how long immunity may last if at all.
Further, there may be a false-positive tests depending on the reliability of the test. There have been reports that some tests include antibodies for all COVID strains, including the common cold. Tests may not target COVID-19 antibodies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Children’s National Hospital, and Frederick County Health Department do not recommend serology testing, therefore, we will not consent to order tests at this time.
Frederick County Pediatrics is committed to the health and safety of all our patients, their parents, our staff and their families.
We are closely monitoring and will follow all public health guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the State of Maryland and local health departments.
Healthychildren.org is a trusted and valued source of essential information for families to keep up to date on COVID-19 protocols, health tips and parenting recommendations.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19, discovered in December 2019, has now spread throughout the world. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, doctors and researchers are learning more about it every day. Here’s what we know now and how you can protect your family and others.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and can include:
- Shortness of breath
Although COVID-19 is a new disease, it belongs to a family of coronaviruses that usually cause illnesses like the common cold. As the virus spreads, we are seeing many people with mild symptoms, but others who get very sick and need to be cared for in a hospital. Although most people recover, many have died. The reason health officials are concerned is that the virus is new, which makes it hard to predict how it will continue to affect people.
Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19
To protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC now recommends cloth face coverings be used when outside. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why are people wearing cloth face coverings right now?
Since so many people who have COVID-19 don’t have symptoms, wearing cloth face coverings reduces the chance of transmitting the virus through the spray of spit or respiratory droplets. This is especially true for when someone with COVID-19 comes within 6 feet of you, which is the range of transmitting infection through acts like sneezing or coughing.
Can household disinfectants be used to treat COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the number of calls to U.S. poison centers related to cleaners and disinfectants began to spike in March once COIVD-19 became widespread
Household disinfectant safety
- Safe storage. While using and storing these products, keep them out of reach of young children.
- Good ventilation. Open a window and turn on a fan for air flow.
- Protect skin. Wear gloves to help protect your skin.
- Don’t mix cleaners. Never mix bleach with other cleaning products such as ammonia or vinegar, which can create toxic gas.