May 11, 2020
New COVID-19 Symptoms Reported in Youth
Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome is the name that doctors have now given to the Kawasaki-like syndrome which has been afflicting some children who are positive for COVID-19. Kawasaki disease is well known to pediatricians as a condition that causes inflammation in the walls of some blood vessels in the body. The cause is unknown but is believed to be related to an infection or an abnormal immune response to an infection. It usually affects children less than 6 years of age and has been a rare disease. It is treatable but must be managed early to decrease the risk of heart complications.
Here are the common signs of Kawasaki disease:
High fever for 5 or more days
Redness of the eyes
Redness and cracking of the lips
Peeling of the hands, feet and diaper area
Rash on the body
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Pain in the abdomen or joints
Diarrhea or vomiting
Please get in contact with Dr Blache or Dr Gayle by calling our office during office hours (229-241-0059)
or after-hours (through our phone triage nurse at 1-855-553-2185):
*If your child develops a high fever and any of these symptoms
*If your child has a high fever for 3 days or more and no other symptoms
*If your child has been in close-contact with someone positive for COVID-19
We are now able to have Telehealth visits with our patients when appropriate and/necessary. These are
video visits that allow you to communicate with a provider whilst you are at home. These visits are very
convenient and are now being covered by all insurances because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 23, 2020
Why Should I Wear a Mask?
Healthcare professionals wear special N95 masks to protect them from getting infected in medical facilities. But simple cloth masks when worn by anyone can prevent the spread of infection to others.
HOW WOULD MY WEARING A MASK MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
If we lower the chance of one person infecting just one other person, the impact is great!
Every infectious disease has a reproduction rate,
called R. When it is 1.0 that means that the average infected person infects one other person. COVID-19’s rate when we don’t wear masks and practice social distancing, is at least 2.4. A disease dies out if its R falls under 1.0. The lower the number, the faster the disease dies out.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS MASK-WEARING?
This depends on three things:
The basic reproduction rate, R, of the virus in the community
The effectiveness of masks in blocking spread of the virus
The percentage of people wearing masks
HOW EFFECTIVE ARE CLOTH MASKS?
The main way in which COVID-19 is transmitted is via droplets that fly out of our mouths when we cough, sneeze and even speak. Some of those droplets become tiny particles which are easy for us to inhale. Research shows that even wearing cloth masks will greatly reduce the number of virus particles coming out of our mouths, by as much as 99%. This reduction has 2 huge benefits:
-> With fewer virus particles hanging around, people are less likely to become infected.
-> If people become infected, they are likely to be less sick because their viral-exposure load is lower.
HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO WEAR MASKS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Models show that if 80 percent of people wear masks that are 60 percent effective, we can get to an R of less than 1.0.
WHY SHOULD I WEAR A MASK EVEN THOUGH I FEEL FINE?
COVID-19 has been hard to control partly because people can infect others before they themselves show any symptoms and even if they never become sick. Many people are not aware of the risk they pose to others, because they don’t feel sick and may never become sick with symptoms. Wearing masks is a “public good”: something we can all contribute to that eventually benefits everyone.