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March 2020
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
How to help: stay home

Staying home, along with other everyday precautions such as frequently washing your hands and social distancing, can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Some may find it hard to stay inside or away from friends and family during this time. Luckily, technology has made it easier to keep in touch with loved ones. Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness and boredom during this time. You can utilize text messaging, phone calls, social media and Skype or FaceTime to connect with loved ones.

And, it's still ok to go outside. Fresh air can have a positive effect on your mental health. You can:

  • Sit on your front porch
  • Ride a bike or take a walk (keeping sure to stay six feet from others)
  • Play with your kids in your yard
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How to protect yourself and your family against coronavirus

It is easy to become overwhelmed by all the news coverage about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it spreads across the country. At Mount Nittany Health, we are committed to keeping you informed with facts about the virus and information on how you can protect yourself and your family.

Know the facts
There is a new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) causing an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. There have been a number of cases reported globally, including the United States. Most of the cases have been associated with travel from Wuhan, and some instances of community spread (person-to-person) have been detected in the United States.

COVID-19 symptoms may range from mild to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Through contact with contaminated surfaces

How you can protect yourself
While there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, there are steps you can take to stop the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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Screenings begin this week at all Mount Nittany Health facilities

Beginning this week, all employees, providers, patients and others accessing Mount Nittany Health facilities will be screened before entering. This new screening process is another measure that Mount Nittany Health is taking to protect our patients, staff and community against the spread of COVID-19.

The screening process will include key questions based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Temperature checks will be available.

During the screening, the following questions will be asked.

In the last 14 days, have you:

  • Had a new onset cough or shortness of breath?
  • Been in contact with a patient who tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Traveled outside of the US?
  • Had a fever?
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Important updates on services and visitation

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are implementing additional measures protect our patients and staff, and to ensure continued access to essential health services.

Effective until further notice:

  • We will are calling and rescheduling patients with non-essential/elective services that are scheduled at Mount Nittany Medical Center and Mount Nittany Physician Group between now and April 30. Please note that this applies to elective services only. Current operations will continue for individuals who require emergency and acute services and are in active treatment at both the Medical Center and Physician Group practices. We will contact you if there is a need to reschedule.
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Teaching kids proper hand hygiene

Regular and consistent hand washing is crucial to help prevent the spread of infection. Follow the steps below to teach kids how to perform a good hand wash:

  1. Moisten your child’s hands with warm, running water.
  2. Apply enough soap to your child’s hands to produce lather.
  3. Vigorously rub all hand surfaces together for a minimum of 20 seconds. Tip: Have your child sing two rounds of happy birthday so he or she knows how long 20 seconds last
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