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Coronavirus Information

 
 
 
In addition to the new CDC guidelines, North Austin Pediatrics is recommending COVID positive pediatric patients that are unable to mask still quarantine/isolate for 10 days.
 
 
Update: November 3, 2021:
 
 
Update: October 25, 2021: 
North Austin Pediatrics is waiting for the FDA and CDC to go thru the federal approval process for COVID vaccine for ages 5 to 11 years. Please know that at this time, our office locations are hoping to get the vaccine shipped to our office locations when possible, but right now we are still working with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services as to whether we can receive shipments and when and what timeline that might happen on. Please watch our website at www.naustinpeds.com or our social media pages for any future announcements as things progress and we get more information.
 
TX Medical Association COVID-19 Pediatric Symptom Severity Chart and Parent Guide
 
Masking resources and education
North Austin Pediatrics provider’s policy is to recommend all children age 2 and above wear masks.
 
August 2021
Video update from Dr. Ellis regarding COVID
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 2021 – COVID Vaccine News & Resources
Please contact your child’s office location to book a nurse visit appointment for the COVID vaccine for your child/children that are ages 12 to 18. We will have nurse visit appointments available weekly at each office location in July 2021 and August 2021. If your child/children are under age 12, please watch this page and our social media pages for any news on children under 12 and the COVID vaccine once the FDA and CDC has approved for younger children.
 
 
May 2021
 
 

COVID-19 FAQs

A family member had exposure to someone with COVID-19, does my child need testing? 

Yes, if your child develops symptoms, a COVID-19 will need to be done. 

My child was directly exposed to someone with COVID-19, what do I do? 

Watch for symptoms, notify the office if any symptoms occur. If you want to be sure and test, the best time to test is 8 days after exposure. 

My child has a fever, do they need a COVID-19 test?

We recommend an office visit with your doctor to determine that on a case-by-case matter. 

How is COVID-19 testing performed and processed? Do we do testingat the office

It is a swab into the back of the nose on both sides. We do not process the test in our office, we only obtain the specimen. We send the specimen to CPL and they process and result on the test. Results take anywhere from 3-5 days to come back. Please be aware the CPL will file a claim to your medical insurance for the testing.

Other testing site information or testing sites that might have no cost testing to the patient?

https://covid19.austintexas.gov/s/?language=en_US

http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing.php

https://www.austinregionalclinic.com/services/covid-19-care#testing

https://urgentcarekids.com/covid19-test/

When is the best time to test my child for COVID-19?

8 days after exposure or when symptoms start

Pre-surgery swabbing for COVID? Best at surgery site? How to get results to surgeon?

Your surgeon’s office will instruct you on the best options, some surgery centers have the rapid test and others will have the 3-5 days result test. 

Is COVID-19 antibody testing recommended for children? 

At this time, we are not recommending antibody testing. It might be useful in a few months. 

The antibody test is a blood draw performed at a lab. 

Mom is expecting and wondering what to do? Smartest way to bring baby home safely. How long to keep siblings home after having the baby before older child returns to daycare? Any quarantine needed after returning home with NB? What do we tell family? 

Family should quarantine for 2 weeks before baby is due to avoid separation of the mother and baby and then usual protocol for newborn babies—limit visitors, any adult contact should have Tdap vaccine, can go outside but no public places until 3 months old, no kissing on the mouth (if must, can kiss hair/top of head or feet) and no pacifiers from adult mouth to babies mouth.

TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms (asymptomatic) may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

The virus may be spread in other ways as well. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. (The average time from exposure to onset of symptoms is thought to be about 5-6 days.)

If someone exhibits any of these signs, seek medical care immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion
  • Inability to wake up or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

PREVENTION OF COVID-19

1. Maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distancing

2. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering on your mouth and nose

3. Wash your handsregularly with soap and water — or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

4. Clean and disinfect surfacesyou touch frequently

5. Try to avoid touching your hands to your face

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

WHEN YOU CAN BE AROUND OTHERS

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprevent-getting-sick%2Fwhenits-safe.html

How can I protect my family?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, sing the Happy Birthday song twice!
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and tell your children the same. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. Self-quarantine until your symptoms resolve and up to 14 days helps to prevent spreading.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, try to cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Throw your tissues in the trash immediately and wash your hands again. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid handshakes, hugs, and kisses.
  • Wash stuffed animals or other plush toys, following manufacturer’s instructions and dry completely. 
  • Avoid non-essential travel, avoid play dates. 
  • Practice social distancing by limiting gatherings to 10 people or less, maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others.

Helpful links to keep you updated on COVID-19