Do I Have Coronavirus?

Do I Have Coronavirus?
This is a question we are being asked on a regular basis.  The short answer is, yes, it is possible you or your child may have Coronavirus.  While this sounds like a scary situation, please remember that the vast majority of patients who develop Coronavirus have mild disease.  Listening to the news, it would appear that developing Coronavirus means dire health consequences.  However, most people recover from this novel virus without serious complications.
Typical presenting symptoms include:
– fever
– dry cough
– chest pain or tightness
– body aches
– fatigue
However, children may present differently with other symptoms including:
-diarrhea
-sore throat
-runny nose
Children have generally had a milder course of illness than adults.
There have been some reports of losing sense of smell or taste prior to onset of symptoms, but that has not been confirmed as a presenting symptom.
If you or your child have these symptoms, it is possible it is Coronavirus, but it could be due to other viruses as well.  We advise all parents and patients to assume that the symptoms are due to Coronavirus and to treat as such.  This means self-quarantine and monitoring symptoms, treating fever with Tylenol, resting, and encouraging fluids.  It can take 2 weeks or longer to fully recover from symptoms.
Remember that Coronavirus is a VIRUS and that there are no proven treatments at this time.  What is known as “supportive care”(Tylenol, stay at home, rest, fluids) and allowing your own body to fight the infection are the only current recommendations.  While certain medications are being tested, there is no scientific evidence at this time supporting the use of antivirals,  Zithromax, Chloroquine, or Hydroxychloroquine.
With regard to testing, we are following the current recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health, which states that those who have mild symptoms do not need to be tested.  Assume it is possibly Coronavirus and treat it as such.  For those who do develop symptoms, contact us for further recommendations regarding evaluation and management.  TELEMEDICINE VISITS ARE AVAILABLE.   Those patients with chronic underlying conditions or are immunosuppressed can be tested and monitored more closely.
If you or your child is a generally healthy individual without underyling chronic medical conditions, please do not go to urgent care or to the emergency room to be evaluated unless having more serious issues. A small percentage of individuals will develop more concerning symptoms, such as breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, blue lips, confusion or mental status changes.  Please contact us for worsening symptoms that warrant urgent evaluation.
The most important measures you can take to prevent Coronavirus include staying at home, social distancing (at least 6 feet apart from others), wearing masks or cloth covering of nose and mouth when in public, washing hands often, and wiping surfaces.
Stay healthy and stay safe!

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Germantown, MD 20874
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TEL: 301-540-0811
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Due to testing supply issues, COVID testing through our office is currently only available for symptomatic patients until further notice.

 

The CDC has approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. Due to limited allocations from the Maryland Department of Health, we are unable to schedule vaccine appointments at this time.  We expect to receive an update within the  next two weeks. When we receive notification of our next shipment, then we will open our next clinic. If you have already received your first dose at our office, then we have received the allocation for your booster dose and you should keep your second shot appointment.  Please continue to check the THH website, facebook page and portal messages for updates!

 

Although  the CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most settings, this does not include healthcare settings. THH Pediatrics still requires all patients and visitors to wear a mask when they come to the office.

    Our CHADIS screening process has changed for Well Child Care (WCC). Please check our CHADIS page and fill out your screen prior to your  well check up to make your WCC experience more complete. 

We have restarted our evening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, but we will continue to not have Thursday evening and  Saturday morning hours   until further notice. We are seeing well check ups for all ages. THH will continue to schedule telemedicine visits and appropriate sick visits in the office. In addition, please see our latest news section regarding Coronavirus resources for parents.

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