As many of you know by now , children infected with the novel coronavirus are commonly presenting differently than adults. Fewer children than adults experience fever, cough, or shortness of breath and relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized. Yes, there have been severe outcomes in children, but they have been much, much less common than in adults. Because patients with less serious illness and those without symptoms likely play an important role in disease transmission, we at Pediatric Associates have instituted several measures in order to protect you, our patients and families, as well as ourselves (see previous blog posts for details).
As early as March we were discussing how to best protect everyone who comes into our doors while remaining realistic that, as with any viral disease, it would likely be only a matter of time before one of our Pediatric Associates family acquired COVID-19. Unfortunately, that time has come. We are thankful to announce that our employee is doing well and is under self-care and isolation at home, with only mild symptoms. We are confident that a full recovery is in order followed by a return to work once it is safe to do so. We remain committed to the safety of all of our patients and families as well as our staff and providers during these unprecedented times. We’re all in this together.