3/16/20 More information for our families

Dear Families,
School closings, social distancing and quarantines are ramping up Coronavirus anxiety amongst all of us, from the youngest, who respond to our stress, to the elderly, who are most affected, to those of us in the middle, who feel responsible for the whole family.
Your doctors at North Seattle Pediatrics are here for you, not only for medical care but as a source of reliable and sane information. We suggest you look at COVID-19 information from two perspectives.
1. Personal Safety: the vast majority of people infected by COVID-19 will have mild illness, especially children.
2. Community responsibility: the CDC and Health Department are trying to limit spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas and social distancing are being implemented for these purposes.
The best way to stay healthy is by practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and staying away from large gatherings when possible. Take advantage of the nicer weather and socialize outdoors. If you or anyone in your family is sick, stay home. When needed, cough into your elbow.
Your North Seattle Pediatrics team will help you through this crisis, as we have so many times in the past. Our doctors were on the front line of H1N1 infection – we made it through that, and together, we will make it through this.
If your child is sick please call us. We are screening patients carefully and doing what is needed to keep our families safe. In order to serve our families better,we are currently implementing telehealth appointments during our office hours. Please call our office with specific questions.
We are currently attempting to keep our well checkup appointments in the mornings and offering sick appointments in the afternoons. Keep your scheduled well care appointments. If you are ill and have a well checkup appointment, please consider rescheduling. Children still need to get physicals and the vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious than coronavirus. Our offices have implemented procedures to keep you safe. We are following appropriate CDC recommendations. We are cleaning intensely and often.