We would like to give an update about how North Seattle pediatrics is handling the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in our area. Our main concern is the health and well-being of our patients and their families. The situation is evolving rapidly and we are making every effort to implement protocols to maximize safety within our office.
We understand there is a significant amount of fear and concern right now. We are working with local experts to provide science based information.
Fortunately, children have experienced less severe infections. Children are exposed to many other coronaviruses every winter and this is thought to be one of the reasons why the infection is less severe in younger people. However, they can expose others who may be at greater risk for more severe outcomes. Those at risk should currently be practicing social isolation and contact their care providers for direction.
In order to reduce the risk to our patients and their families, we are REQUESTING the following:
- We are requesting families limit the number of caregivers bringing the child to the office. One parent per child.
- We are requesting families to bring only the patient to the office, no siblings.
- We are requesting people over 60 to avoid the office unless there is absolutely no alternative, and they are the child’s caregiver.