Letter to our families about Covid 19

March 15, 2020
by Dr. Jane Wilkov

Dear Families,

School closings, containment zones and quarantines are ramping up Covid-19 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.

We at Dekalb Pediatric Center are here for you, not only for medical care but as a source of reliable and accurate 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. Read what we are doing in the office to support the effort to minimize exposure yet remain available to treat our patients. Be sure that we are screening patients carefully and doing what is needed to keep our families safe.

We are super excited to announce that in the next few days we will begin using telehealth, both as a way to screen patients with respiratory symptoms, and as a way to talk about, diagnose and treat medically appropriate conditions from the convenience of your home. We will be providing a lot more information about this shortly.

Keep your scheduled well care appointments. Children still need to get physicals and the vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious than Covid-19.  Our office has 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. 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 Covid-19.  Ask, if you can get them food, medicine or anything else they need.  We are a strong community and we need to take care of each other. Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do for you. Together we will get through this.

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