For Providers

Coronavirus Safety

What is the COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

COVID-19, or coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does the COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly 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. 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 their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date information.

What are severe complications from this virus?

Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.  

Is there a vaccine/treatment?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

CDC's recommendations for protecting yourself and others include: frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your face; avoid close personal contact with others; and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inside of your elbow.

Resources for Providers

Dr. Donna Hallas shared her perspective on pediatric and provider issues related to COVID-19 published online in Contemporary Pediatrics on March 23.

CDC information for pediatric healthcare providers and information for general healthcare providers about the coronavirus.

CDC frequently asked questions for healthcare providers about the coronavirus.

CDC information for clinicians caring for children and pregnant women

CDC prevention and control recommendations for patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease in healthcare settings.

CDC strategies for optimizing the supply of N95 respirators.

WHO rational use of personal protective equipment for COVID-19.

CDC optimization strategies for healthcare personal protective equipment.

CMS guidelines for Medicare/Medicaid.

Lurie Children's Hospital pandemic care guidelines.

Children's Hospital Association recommendations and resources focused on acute care issues.

HHS has announced that HIPAA requirements for security will not be enforced against regulated professionals during the COVID-19 response, but the use of secure telecommunication methods remains well-advised and appropriate. Read more.

OPENPediatrics Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Group with links for healthcare professionals to access up-to-date information. 

Healio Q&A: Interim protocols for COVID-19 in primary care.

Members can also participate in our Open Forum conversations about COVID-19 related issues, including telehealth possibilities. Log into and click on Member Network in the upper right corner to access the Open Forum. Not a member? Join now to access member-only resources.

Materials for Your Practice

Resources to Share with Families

The government has launched a new COVID-19 website to provide a variety of information and instructions to the public. 

CDC frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and children.

CDC environmental cleaning and disinfecting recommendations.

CDC Coronavirus guidance for school settings.

Many events that have large gatherings have been suspended. Be sure to be alert of local school closures and visitation policies or nursing homes as the elderly are the most at-risk population when it comes to COVID-19. If possible, we recommend minimizing contact with the elderly.

NAPNAP Mental Health Resources

NAPNAP has resources available to help parents and patients deal with the feelings about COVID-19 and governmental agency and media communications about the evolving situations in our communities.

Social Media Resources

Congressional Information

The Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released documents that provide overviews to key sections of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was passed on March 25, 2020. View or download to read more: Finance or H.E.L.P.