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Lawrenceville Office: 595 Hurricane Shoals Rd NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 | Phone: 404-355-0078
Duluth Office: 3855 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096 | Phone: 770-995-0823
Hamilton Mill Office: 2089 Teron Trace, Suite 100, Dacula, GA 30019 | Phone: 770-995-0823
Sugar Hill Office: 4700 Nelson Brogdon Blvd NE #180, Sugar Hill, GA 30518 | Phone: 770-995-0823

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID19)

What your family needs to know
With newly confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia, many parents are wondering how they can prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect their families. We understand your concern, and it's always a good idea to take precautionary measures against the spread of germs-and not only against this specific virus.
How can I protect my family?
The best way to prevent a respiratory infection is to avoid exposure. Here are other simple steps you can take to lower the risk of you and your family catching or spreading illness.

  *   Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  *   Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  *   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching tissues.
  *   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  *   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  *   Avoid contact with others when you are sick.
It is also recommended that you have an adequate supply of your regular medicines on hand.
Should I wear a mask?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does NOT recommend people who are healthy to wear a facemask to protect themselves from coronavirus. Facemasks should be worn by individuals who show symptoms of the virus to help avoid spreading the disease to others and by healthcare workers.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 infections are similar to those of a lower respiratory infection. Use the following guidance to determine whether or not your child needs medical care:

  *   Difficulty breathing
  *   Shortness of breath from continued coughing
  *   Refusing liquids with decreased urine frequency
  *   Crying without ability to be consoled
  *   Fever that is not responsive to fever reducing medications
  *   Behavior that is not normal for your child
If your child has traveled internationally OR has been in close contact with someone who has traveled internationally OR has been exposed to someone who is known to be sick with coronavirus AND has fever, cough or shortness of breath this is how to access care:

  1.  Call our office first, we can have our advice nurses talk to you to decide the best course of action
  2.  Do NOT come to our office, we do not have the ability to test for this virus and we do not have the isolation rooms available to assess your child
  3.  Most children with COVID-19 infections have mild symptoms and do not require medical care, however, call us if you are concerned.

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