Concord Pediatrics is closely monitoring the pandemic caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are following all guidelines from the CDC and the NH Department of Health and Human Services. We will update this page frequently as new information become available. (7/31/20)
Please see our Help I'm stuck at home with my kids! page for Mental Health and Parenting Resources (including tips on "How to talk with your children about COVID-19") if you or your children are struggling.
Thank you for alerting our office of your symptoms and contact with any sick people before you come to the office for any reason.
Frequently asked questions:
How can I get a COVID-19 Test?
Concord Pediatrics is working to obtain quick, reliable testing options for our patients at our office. Until then, we are directing families to look into the list of COVID Testing Options on the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services Website. Please note, there can be significant wait times (days) to receive a test result.
What about school and daycare and sports?
Everyone is anxiously awaiting news about how school will work in the Fall. One thing that is certain is that whatever plan is made for a school district, there will need to be built-in flexibility as we know that rates of COVID-19 in the community can change week to week. We know that wearing masks, staying home when feeling sick, and testing for coronavirus quickly, and frequently will help in-person back to school plans succeed.
- Read more about Returning to School During COVID-19 at healthychildren.org.
We are looking for studies and data from other countries and areas of the US that have already opened schools, to determine what helps keep schools open and infection rates low.
When schools and daycare facilities reopen they will follow guidelines from the Health Department. No situation will ever be 100% "safe" (even going to the grocery store!). Each family will need to make their own decisions about how to balance work, childcare needs, mental & social wellness needs, and medical risks. If your children are going to school or daycare program and anyone in the family seems sick, stay home, isolate your family, and consider testing for COVID-19.
Check out these articles on kids and sports participation during COVID-19.
What about playing with friends? Seeing family?
When getting together with someone outside your immediate family (whomever you live with) it is important to have open and frequent conversations about risk tolerance and the degree to which your family is isolating. Anytime you are physically close to other people, the risk of transmission of coronavirus increases (compared to staying physically distanced), but there are certainly ways you can minimize this risk. If you decide to get together with another family - continue to discuss risks and exposures, and be ready to alter plans if we get a "second wave" of infections or if anyone in your group feels the slightest bit ill.
The following are NOT official medical recommendations, but may help if your discussions of your family plans for the next few months:
Is Concord Pediatrics still seeing patients? Do I need to cancel my appointment?
We are open! We recognize, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics, that is very important to keep children up to date with their routine immunizations and to screen for developmental and growth problems.
We will work with you to care for your sick child. Please avoid the Emergency Room or Urgent Care unless you have a true medical emergency.
At Concord Pediatrics we always strive to have the cleanest clinic environment as possible. We are following all guidelines from the CDC for infection control and we have instituted additional practices such as removing all free standing toys and books from our waiting area and rooms and designating time blocks for sick and well child visits. Our doctors and nurse practitioners will be wearing masks at your child's sick visit.
You can help us keep our office a safe place to continue to seek medical care for your child by:
- Calling our office before you come to your appointment if you think your family has had COVID-19, or has had contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Bringing as few people to the appointment as possible. If possible, leave siblings and additional adults at home. Concord Hospital is currently only allowing one adult into the Pillsbury Building per appointment. If your family has specific needs that will require more than one adult to attend the appointment, please let us know prior to your arrival.
- Washing hands before and after your visit.
- Not eating in the waiting room or exam room.
- Wearing your own mask covering your nose and mouth to the building (adults and children over 2) even if you are feeling well. You should not put a mask or covering on your baby or child under 2 years old. Read about face coverings here.
What should I do if I think my child has COVID-19? Should they be tested?
- Currently the primary risk factor for developing COVID-19 is close contact with someone who actually has the virus. However, we do have community spread in NH, which means: Is it possible you were near someone who had COVID-19 and didn't know it? Yes, it's very possible. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- We are not yet set up to test for this strain of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) at our office. This does not mean we cannot help families figure out the next steps to get care or testing. There is a COVID-19 Screening Tent outside Concord Hospital (by appointment only for patients of Concord Hospital). Tests are also available for anyone upon request through the NH Health Department/Department of Homeland Security. Convenient MD, Clear Choice MD, and some CVS locations (for people > 18 years old) have increasing testing options.
- Self-quarantine: A self-quarantine guide can be found on the NH DPHS website. Household members of people who traveled to these countries, but who themselves did not travel, are not required to self-quarantine.
- Self-Observation: Follow the steps for self observation.
- Thank you for alerting our office of your infection concerns before you come to the office for any reason.
What can I do to keep my family from getting sick?
There is currently not a vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home!
- Have fun outside, spread out from other people. Avoid Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings.
- 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 wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- The CDC recommends wearing face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). We should all act as if we have COVID-19 and don't know it yet (people may feel well early in the illness but still be spreading germs). Wearing a mask helps protect others from your germs. If everyone wears a mask, you too will be safer (protected) as other people aren't spreading their germs. Read more about face coverings for coronavirus here. If you or your child is uncomfortable wearing a mask, try on different masks - make sure the fabric is soft, not too thick, and choose straps do not pull ears forward. Try wearing a mask for short periods of time each day. Point out masks that look cool, adults and kids who are working and playing in masks, and talk about how important it is to keep people in our community safe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If your child is feeling anxious or obsessive about germs, focus on washing hands after using the bathroom, and before eating, (and after coming home if for some reason you have been out).
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
For the most up-to-date information visit the CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel page.
Please see the following links for more helpful information.
- CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website for "What you should know," "Latest Updates," and "Information for Specific Audiences."
- NH Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for "Frequently Asked Questions," and the latest updates for New Hampshire