New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • We are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak as it continues to evolve and are taking extra precautions in our clinics to protect our Wasatch Pediatrics community.  We continue to encourage you to bring your child in for planned well child check appointments and immunizations.
  • COVID-19 appears to be a mild illness for most children. Data from across the world shows that children are minimally affected. There have been no reported deaths in children under the age of 9 and a 0.2% death rate in those under 20 years old. The vast majority of serious illness occurs in individuals over 50 years of age, and the majority of deaths occur in those great than 70 years of age who mostly have underlying lung disease.
  • COVID-19 presents as cough, fever, and shortness of breath. It generally does not have nasal congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, or body aches. If your child has these findings, it is only worrisome if these  symptoms are severe.
  • At this point, testing for COVID-19 virus is not available in our offices. If symptoms are mild, we simply suggest reducing exposure to others. Your child should stay home from school and avoid contact with the elderly. If you have a known exposure to COVID-19 or have had recent travel to an outbreak area, you should contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 rather than coming in to be seen.

 

Helpful Links

Utah Coronavirus Task Force
https://coronavirus.utah.gov/

CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

AAP
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

Talking to Children During an Outbreak
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4886.pdf

Coping with Stress During an Outbreak
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Outbreak
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

Coronavirus video for kids from BrainPOP
https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR015nQ-wFosOAmC1lZ9x43aO1ytPfGv2AOt5t_jtKTS8JbPmMPwn6Ku678