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Guest commentary: A pediatrician’s coronavirus tips for families

Coronavirus Tips for Families

Guest commentary: A pediatrician’s coronavirus tips for families

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Published by:

Dr. Doug Later

Apr 5, 2020

As a pediatrician for Utah Valley Pediatrics, I treat thousands of Utah County children, from infants to teens, every year. Until recently, I could honestly say I’ve seen it all. But like most people, I’ve never witnessed anything like the COVID-19 pandemic.

The social and financial chaos resulting from COVID-19 witnessed around the world is impacting the community I love in the form of empty shelves in grocery stores, vacant church parking lots and struggling businesses and restaurants. Things have changed in our own medical offices, where we’re screening every patient before they come in for appointments, directing individuals with coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) to the proper channels for testing.

On the home front, closed schools mean our children are spending a lot of time indoors to keep them safe from infection. While we know that seniors 65 and older with one or multiple chronic conditions represent the highest risk, the longterm impact on Americans 19 years old and younger is still unknown.

With this in mind, I have a simple guide for families who are riding out this viral storm together. By taking responsible measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, staying active, eating right and spending quality time together, we can do our part to get the world back on the road to recovery.

Stop the spread
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus spreads when a healthy individual comes into contact with the respiratory droplets of a sneeze or cough from an infected person. You can minimize contamination in your home by doing the following:

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