During the COVID-19 pandemic, MedPeds is available for visits and advice!
For information on how MedPeds will re-open, please visit the Re-Opening Info page.
Appointments are currently available for all providers today, or within a day or two. This is a great time to catch up on that annual physical or well-child exam you’ve been putting off. Follow-up visits for diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions are typically required every 3-6 months, especially if you take medications. If you’ve been waiting to see your favorite provider at MedPeds, this is an ideal time to get an appointment. Most visits can be accommodated with telemedicine however, we anticipate schedules will fill quickly once the office fully re-opens (we do not know when that will be), so call today!
THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE COVID-19? If you’re having difficulty breathing call ahead before going to an emergency room. If you’re not having difficulty breathing, you may have COVID-19 or the flu or something else. You may feel really awful, have a fever, body aches, cough, and respiratory symptoms, or you may not feel sick at all. Your provider can evaluate you if you schedule a telemedicine visit.
NO WALK-INS - during this time.
COVID-19 TESTING – The CDC and the Maryland Department of health currently do not allow MedPeds to do COVID-19 testing at this time, and they have strict guidelines (https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.23.2020-Sec-Neall-Healthcare-Matters-Order.pdf) on who may be tested elsewhere in the state. Only the following quality for COVID-19 testing in Maryland:
- Hospitalized patients
- Symptomatic emergency medical service personnel, healthcare workers, and law enforcement
- Symptomatic patients in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or congregate living facilities who are frail
- Symptomatic high-risk, unstable patients whose care would be altered by a diagnosis of COVID-19
The following link directs to an excellent article that explains the COVID-19 pandemic and how it spreads: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca
In the meantime, the following tips can help keep yourself and your family safe:
- Stay home as much as possible
- Limit social gatherings and close physical contact with others, if possible. “Elbow bump” rather than shaking hands and hugging others.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water – use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
- Avoid touching your face unless you have just washed your hands. Then wash your hands again.
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces – door knobs, handles, phones, computer keyboards, counters, etc…
- If you are sick, stay in a separate room from others and use a separate bathroom if possible, especially if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow. If you use a tissue, immediately throw it in the trash can and wash your hands again.