Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
Georgetown Pediatrics, PC is committed to the well-being of all children and to providing the safest environment for patients, employees, physicians and our community. We are dedicated to providing you with the most accurate information.
Where did this virus come from?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some of these can cause sickness in people and others only in animals. Very rarely, coronaviruses that infect animals can learn to infect people. This is what seems to have happened with the virus that causes COVID-19.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. The most common are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There also may be others, such as sore throat or runny nose, and some people may have no symptoms at all.
How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets which are sprayed all around when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible that a person may catch COVID-19 by touching something that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
How long can a person be contagious?
The incubation period can be up to 14 days. This is the time from when someone catches a virus until the time they start to feel sick. Some people may be contagious even before they show symptoms. People should be considered contagious until their symptoms are gone and they have had at least 24 hours without fever, without taking fever medicine.
What can you do to best prevent catching or spreading a virus?
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Vaccinations - Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the flu shot.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone showing obvious symptoms. Avoid traveling to areas where the virus is spreading rapidly.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
People who are well should not be wearing a facemask, because it is not designed to protect the person who is wearing it. Regular facemasks should be worn by people who are sick with COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of a special N95 facemask is only recommended for health workers and others who are taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19 in a close setting.
What should I do if I think I have Coronavirus or if I think I have been exposed?
If you are not sick, you should stay at home, avoid public places, and self-monitor for 14 days from the time you think you were exposed. If you develop fever or any other symptoms, you should contact your local health department for further instructions. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Typical care for a mild case should be the same as would be provided for a flu-like sickness. Georgetown Pediatrics, PC is available to provide you and your family guidance through regular service as a patient.
Should I bring my child to the office?
Patient's check-ups are very important in order to monitor your kid's well-being and to ensure they are up to date on their vaccinations. Our priority is the safety of all of our patients and family members. Currently, we are taking measures in order to reduce all exposures. Please check out further information at: Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov, Georgia Department of Public Health https://dph.georgia.gov, or World Health Organization www.who.int/COVID-19.