During this public health emergency, we are following the recommendations of the infectious disease experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At our office we are doing our best to ensure the safety of all patients, parents and staff, and have implemented a number of measures. We have also adjusted our protocol for patient visits.
For all visits, please call us in advance, so that we can find the best way to address your child’s needs.
At this time, we encourage all necessary appointments and annual physicals (well-child visits), especially for newborns, children under 24 months, children who require immunizations, and children with chronic medical problems that require ongoing attention. If your child is due for a well-child visit, please call us to schedule an appointment. Please note that we are scheduling these appointments, so they don’t cross path with sick patients.
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 video visit or to schedule an office visit.
We are now able to provide telemedicine (video) visits to our patients. This is a live video call with one of our providers that you can do from your smartphone, tablet or computer. It offers the benefit of getting care while avoiding a trip to our office, an urgent care center 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 at 610-237-4995 during regular office hours to request a video 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 a 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. In addition, some people may be infected and may spread the virus without experiencing any symptoms. However, some people who get COVID-19 become seriously ill and some may die.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are feeling unwell or tired, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath or dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, new loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms may be mild and may begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. However, some people who get COVID-19 become seriously ill and some may die. 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 difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain, bluish lips or face, new confusion or difficulty staying awake should seek emergency medical attention immediately.
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 released when a person with COVID-19 coughs, talks or exhales. These droplets may land in someone’s mouth, nose or eyes, or 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, or if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19. This is why it is important to wear a face mask and stay more than 6 feet away from a person who is sick.
You can learn more about COVID-19 here:
What to do if you or your child develop symptoms