The symptoms of Covid-19 infection may include cough, congestion, sore throat, fever and difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, these symptoms are shared with many other respiratory viruses that children commonly get.
While there is no direct treatment for the virus itself, kids may need treatment for ear infections or bacterial pneumonia that comes on top of the virus. Children with asthma should have their medications on hand and be using them as prescribed. If symptoms are mild then the best advice is to stay home, reduce contact with others, increase rest and fluid intake.If symptoms are severe, particularly if there are concerns around breathing please contact your health clinic or call 911.
Our clinic remains open to a limited schedule and we are quickly increasing our capability for video visits. A phone call to our advice nurse is a great place to start if you are unsure if your child needs a visit or not. Please CALL FIRST before coming to our office so we can be prepared and serve your child in the best way.
Scheduling changes in our office
Well visits and visits for noninfectious conditions are exclusively being done at our Salem location (after April 27th).
Whenever possible we recommend staying home and not scheduling in our clinic for nonurgent concerns and we will do our best to meet needs over the phone or at a later date when there are fewer restrictions on social gathering. We are also deferring some procedures that would require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) so that PPE can be prioritized for the hospital system.
- WHO Covid-19 information
- CDC Covid-19 information
- Oregon Health Authority Covid-19 will have the most current information on numbers of cases in OR as well as current recommendations for prevention
- CDC Covid Symptom Self-Checker is a chat “bot” that can help you understand your risk for having the infection based on the questions it asks. It doesn’t appear that any personnal information is collected to use this.
- HealthyChildren.org Covid-19 page has great tips on prevention as well as home activities (AAP Parent information resource)