COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

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The situation around the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve.  For the most accurate and up-to-date information, we highly recommend that our patients refer to the CDC website and Maryland Department of Health.  Please be mindful of the widespread misinformation about coronavirus online, and always refer to trusted medical sites for verified information.

Is COVID testing available in the office?

Yes.  We currently have same-day PCR testing available, as well as rapid antigen and send-out PCR testing.  Testing for patients who are symptomatic or who have a known exposure to COVID-19 can be arranged through an in-person or virtual visit with one of our doctors.  Routine testing for school, work or travel can be scheduled through our nurses.  

 

Most testing will be performed outside, weather permitting.

What should I do if I think I might have been exposed to or contracted the virus?

Testing and clinical guidance can be arranged by scheduling a virtual (telemedicine) visit with one of our doctors, who will evaluate you and determine the best course of action.  The CDC has issued guidelines for isolation and quarantine; for additional details, click here.  Please note that CDC guidelines represent the MINIMUM isolation and quarantine recommendations.  To prevent the spread of COVID-19 to high-risk individuals, a longer isolation or quarantine period may sometimes be advisable. 

Keep in mind that most children, adolescents, and young adults who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will have a relatively mild and self-limited illness and can receive supportive care at home.  More information about caring for a family member with COVID-19 symptoms can be found here

Anyone with difficulty breathing or speaking, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, trouble waking up, or a bluish discoloration of the lips or face should seek medical attention right away. 

What do I need to know about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)?

MIS-C is a rare but serious downstream reaction to COVID-19 infection that causes a systemic inflammatory response.  It tends to occur several weeks after a child was infected with SARS-CoV-2.  Children who exhibit the following symptoms should be evaluated by a healthcare provider:

  • Fever for > 24 hours (especially fever lasting for more than 3 days)

  • Abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea

  • Neck pain or stiffness

  • Headache

  • Rash

  • Redness of eyes, lips or tongue

  • Unusual fatigue

Most children diagnosed with MIS-C require hospitalization, but almost all recover fully.  For more information about MIS-C from the CDC, click here

Is the COVID vaccine safe for children?  
We are thrilled that the COVID vaccine is available for all children over 6 months of age, and we wholeheartedly recommend that our families vaccinate and boost their children as soon as they are eligible.  In recent studies, the vaccine has been found to be safe, effective and well tolerated.  If you have specific questions about the vaccine and your child, please call our office to schedule a televisit with one of our physicians.