QUARANTINE/ISOLATION/TRAVEL/TIPS/News about Covid
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Facts are changing rapidly - please read here: ***CDC website Omicron Info***
Quarantine and Isolation:
- whats the difference? Isolation means "I have Covid" Quarantine means "I was exposed to Covid"
- how long do I Quarantine or Isolate ? the recommendations have been changing. See this easy to use guide:
Read the CDC guidance: ***CDC website on Quarantine and Isolation***
or use this great and fun: INTERACTIVE GUIDE
Safety Protocols at Kiwi Pediatrics:
- Our offices are open for in person visits Monday-Friday 9am-5 pm and Saturdays 9am-12 noon. No Walk Ins Please.
- Prenatal individual and group visits are available via telehealth. Click Here
- All In Person Office Visits are pre-screened including temperature checks and Covid screening questions before anyone can enter the premises (caregiver too.)
- We are limiting entrance to the patient (over 2 months) and a single caregiver again due to Omicron. This can change again.
- Protocol for Entry to the office: Please call us from your car on arrival because the entry is closed. Please wait in you car or outside until we are ready to see you. We keep the front door closed so we can keep the waiting room empty. Before entering the office, everyone will be screened including a temperature check, then you will go straight to the exam room. There will be a limit on the number of patients inside the office with social distancing protocols carefully followed.
- The office is well-cleaned on a regular basis.
- WELL VISITS: Well children visits are scheduled every day.
- SICK VISITS: All sick visits are available now. Your child's sick visit may include a rapid covid test and may be conducted outdoors
- If you have suspected symptoms of Coronavirus/Covid-19, please call us. We will provide guidance for you and your family.
- Testing for COVID-19 - we are conducting Covid PCR testing at Kiwi,by appointment only. The tests are sent to Quest or Labcorp. Results take 1-3 days, usually 2 days. We also run Rapid Antigen Covid tests for patients with symptoms, by appointment. - click here.
- Antibody Testing for Covid-19- there is no indication for antibody testing presently.
- Mask Policy: everyone 2 years old and older must wear a mask here at Kiwi in accordance with current California State mandates. Please bring your own mask/s, but we have masks available here if you need one. Mask donations - many thank yous to all who have donated masks to Kiwi in the early months of Covid-19. We are truly appreciative. For safety reasons, children under two years old should NOT wear a mask. For Children and Mask safety tips /click here.
Coronavirus Safety - Tips from The NY Times :
What you can do:
Experts’ understanding of how Covid-19 works is growing. It seems that there are four factors that most likely play a role: how close you get to an infected person; how long you are near that person; whether that person expels viral droplets on or near you; and how much you touch your face afterwards.
You can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others by following some basic steps:
- Keep your distance from others. Stay at least six feet away from people outside your household as much as possible.
- Wash your hands often. Anytime you come in contact with a surface outside your home, scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse and then dry your hands with a clean towel.
- Avoid touching your face. The virus primarily spreads when contaminated hands touch our nose or mouth or eyes. Try to keep your hands away from your face unless you have just recently washed them.
- Wear a mask outside your home. A mask protects others from any potential infection from you. The more people wear masks, the more we all stay safer.
- Mask Safety - children under two years old should NOT wear a mask. Mask safety tips for children/click here. For the health and safety of all, please follow the mask protocols for your county of residence.
- Hand washing - this is considered an important way to protect yourself. This is how to do it, from the CDC: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice), especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. (Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.)
- CDC FAQ’s
- CDC FAQ’s on Coronavirus and children
- CDC on Prevention and Treatment
- Personal Safety and Emotional Support during Covid-19
- Covered California has opened the health insurance exchange to any eligible uninsured individual who needs health care coverage amid the COVID-19 national emergency. Any person who meets the Covered California's eligibility requirements can sign up for coverage until July 31st.
- AlamedaKids Resources for Parents during Coronavirus - includes links to resources for parental stress, multilingual sites, children with special needs, immigration, food, transportation, finances.
- Support during Covid-19 from Autism.org
- A News Report just for kids (from NPR) - a 3 minute listen
- What Do You Do If You Think You Are Sick? - CDC
- 10 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus - the NY Times
- Things To Do With Your Kids
- 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with your Kids
- Giant List of ideas for Being Home With Your Kids
- Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus - the NY Times
- Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak - from the AAP