A Message from Alan Weller, MD, MPH, FAAP
Over the next few weeks, we will offer several webinars and Q&A sessions to address specific challenges to help you in your healthcare settings. If you have specific clinical questions regarding COVID-19, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to address them during upcoming Q&A sessions. We will be offering these calls on a weekly basis…can’t make it, we will also post the recorded session.
Resources for Families
Is it OK to call my pediatrician during COVID-19? – https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Is-it-OK-to-call-the-pediatrician-during-COVID-19-even-if-Im-not-sure-my-child-is-sick.aspx
Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19 – https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/crying-colic/Pages/Tips-for-Coping-with-a-New-Baby.aspx
COVID-19: Information for Communities and the General Public – https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
COVID-19 Resources – https://njaap.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NJ-COVID-19-Fact-Sheet-1-2.pdf
Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19 – https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/Cloth-Face-Coverings-for-Children-During-COVID-19.aspx
Getting Children and Teens Outside While Social Distancing for COVID-19 – https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/Getting-Children-Outside.aspx
Caring for Someone Sick at Home – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html
For Parents: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children/mis-c.html
Returning to sports after infection
Children and teens with symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend practices or competition. They should consult their physician for testing and notify their coach, athletic trainer and/or school administrator of their symptoms.
Youths recovering from COVID-19 will have different paths to return to sports based on the severity of their illness. Those who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms should not exercise until cleared by a physician. Physicians should perform a complete physical exam and review their local 14-point pre-participation screening evaluation with special emphasis on cardiac symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations or syncope. If results are normal, patients can gradually return to sports after 10 days from their positive test result and at least 24 hours symptom-free without fever-reducing medications. If exam findings are concerning, the patient will need an electrocardiogram (ECG) and evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist.
Youths with moderate symptoms or who had a non-intensive care unit hospital stay should have an ECG and a cardiology consult with additional testing. If the cardiac workup is negative, the athlete may gradually return to physical activity after 10 days from the positive test result and at least 10 days after symptoms have resolved off fever-reducing medication.
Youths who have had severe COVID-19 or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children should be restricted from exercise for three to six months and require extensive cardiac testing and cardiology clearance to return.
Once a physician clears an athlete in any of the above categories to return, the AAP recommends doing so gradually. Its guidance lays out five stages starting with 15 minutes or less of light activity the first two days and working up to a full return on day 7. Click here to read the full article
CDC Guidance to Healthcare Providers – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/
COVID-19: Information for Healthcare Professionals –https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_healthcare.shtml
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency – https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html
Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (Interim Guidance) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/return-to-work.html
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