Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Serenity Pediatrics has been closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) both worldwide and in the United States. In light of the growing public health concern, we wanted to share with you what we know about coronavirus so far, what you can do to keep you and your children healthy, and steps that Serenity Pediatrics is taking to help keep your family safe and healthy as our primary concern is the health and safety of both you and your children. Our goal is to keep you informed to help decrease fear and panic and provide both support and reassurance knowing that we are here for you!
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Symptoms of COVID-19 have ranged from mild to severe respiratory illness including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
What can I do to help protect myself and my children?
There are many daily, preventative actions that you can take to help protect you and your children:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What is Serenity Pediatrics doing?
Serenity Pediatrics is actively monitoring the outbreak through frequent communications with the CDC, MDHHS, and Oakland Co. Health Department and we are following their guidelines. Information, statistics, and recommendations continue to change rapidly. Currently, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan but there have been confirmed cases in the United States. We are using hospital-grade cleaning products to clean and disinfect all rooms after each patient. In addition, we have designated certain exam rooms for well patients and sick patients. Our triage nurses and front desk receptionists are receiving training on screening protocols and infection control safety measures. Our physicians are also meeting regularly to revise our action plan as new information becomes available and to continue learning so that we are providing our patients and families with the most up-to-date information.
What can you do to help?
If you or your child are sick, please contact our office at (248)-533-0000 prior to coming in . Depending on the symptoms present, you may be asked additional screening questions or be transferred to the triage nurse for further evaluation. Please be patient as we navigate through the information we receive and work to keep you updated with the most current recommendations and practices. We will continue to update you as we receive new information and/or updated guidelines.
Thank you for helping us to keep you and your children safe!