Should I send my child to daycare during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Should I send my child to daycare during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

This is a common question we are getting from many of our Wildflower Pediatric families. We wish we had clear cut guidelines but it does appear that we are on a downward trajectory with the presence of COVID-19 in the community. We think it will only continue to improve after June 1 with some “hot spots” for more cases in certain environments such as facilities that house the elderly. We wish we could put each of your children in a protective bubble (including our own) when we send them off to daycare or school. With that being said, we are becoming more comfortable with children re-entering these facilities after June 1 as long as they follow the protocols set by the CDC.

We do expect a recurrence of the virus in the fall and winter along with influenza but hopefully we will have a more controlled means to manage and test patients in our office at that time. At our office we have continued to follow safety protocols and are seeing many well checks and healthy kids every day. We have not seen any confirmed COVID-19 cases and are considered a very low risk environment with a low risk patient population.

We urge you to be very careful what you read on mainstream and social media. There is so much misinformation about coronavirus floating around and everyone seems to have an opinion. With any newly discovered infection, it takes months to years to gather the data and then retrospectively analyze it to make educated assumptions. Be patient – with time we will have more definitive information about how the virus behaves and how we can better control and manage the symptoms. Currently, there are no reliable antibody tests to determine if you have been exposed to COVID-19. The tests that are currently being used are not FDA approved and there is no official guidance by the CDC as to how to interpret these results.

Please do not let the fear of potential COVID-19 exposure navigate your everyday decisions, especially those regarding your health. As more and more adults and children choose not to seek medical attention for preventative care and urgent medical needs, we are seeing more complications arise (including the threat of vaccine preventable outbreaks) that have nothing to do with COVID-19 exposure or illness. Your healthcare provider should be the first person to seek if you have any medical concerns, knowing that the exposure to COVID-19 is highly unlikely in the primary care setting. Stay positive, don’t participate in social settings if you or other family members are sick, wash hands, wear a mask in highly populated settings, and contact us if you have any concerns or questions!
Sincerely,
Courtney Dudley, MD
Rachael Lichtenberger, PA-C

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