Important Information! 

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We are following the recommendations of the infectious disease experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, we are postponing all non-urgent appointments and annual physicals (well-child visits), except for newborns, children under 24 months who require immunizations, and children with chronic medical problems that require urgent attention. If your child belongs to one of these categories, please call us to schedule an appointment. Please note that these appointments will be scheduled only in the morning, so they don’t cross path with sick patients who will be seen in the afternoon.

When it is determined that it is safe to resume scheduling non-urgent appointments, we will be calling our families to reschedule those appointments.

We remain open and available to care for patients who are sick. If your child doesn’t feel well, please call our office for advice, a telehealth visit or to schedule an actual visit.

We are now able to provide telehealth visits to our patients. This is a live video visit with one of our providers that you can do from your smartphone, tablet or computer. This offers the benefit of getting care and stay out of our office, urgent care or an emergency room where others might be sick. You will need to download the necessary app, Google Duo, free from the App Store or Google Play. Please call our office during regular office hours to request a telehealth visit.

As always, if you have a problem after hours that cannot wait until we open again, please call our After Hours Line: 610-532-4924 to reach the doctor on call.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has now spread all over the world and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it pandemic on March 11, 2020.

What are the symptoms?

Many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true for children and adolescents.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does it spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 6 feet away from a person who is sick.

The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

The risk of catching COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be low. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. Because this is a risk, however, it is another reason to clean hands regularly, after using the bathroom and before eating.

Here is some more advice on:

How to protect your child and your family

What to do if you or your child develops symptoms

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