We are acutely aware of the stress and upheaval affecting your families during this Coronavirus pandemic. We feel it ourselves! We want you to know that we will continue to be a resource to you in the care of your children, their development, and their overall health.

We know that parents may be challenged both by the epidemic as well as the challenge of helping children navigate their own feelings, a challenge amplified by not knowing how long the crisis will last. Here is a link to a handout entitled HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS.

We and our staff want our patients and families to know that we are here and available to support you. You or your children may have questions. We may not have all the answers, but we will do our best to guide you. (Our office is open. We are also available to chat by phone or employ virtual telehealth visits.) You do not need a medical reason to call us. We want to support you in any way we can.

Please stay in touch!

(We will issue periodic updates and reminders in this space.)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

You may have many questions about how COVID-19 may affect you or your family. We are closely monitoring information from the Newton Department of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain up-to-date with information and guidelines, including recommendations relative to travelers and to your children.

• Wear a mask when outside your own house
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Stay home if you are sick
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Obtain a vaccine against influenza each year

When you call us about a symptomatic patient, our staff my ask you screening questions about exposure and travel. There may be times when they will ask one of the clinicians to call you back to discuss the care of your child. Please understand that we want to provide the best care to you, your children, and all patients in our practice.

For additional information on COVID-19 and pandemics, please visit the following websites:
• Newton HHS website: http://www.newtonma.gov/covid19
• MA Dept. of Health website: https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
• Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fshare-facts-stop-fear.html
• The Ready.Gov website https://www.ready.gov/ contains information on preparedness for a variety of medical and natural disasters.
• Please assure that you have a ready supply of medications, including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and prescribed medicines.