Dr Fiona Grant's Blog

15 March 2020

Coronavirus Precaution

COVID-19 is spreading fast, If you have a temperature and respiratory symptoms, we need to assume it is COVID-19. The most important thing is to self isolate and stay away from at risk groups (elderly and those with underlying heart and lung diseases,diabetes and those who are immunosuppressed) Remember children can be asymptomatic and still spread the virus. Testing has been introduced but we may not be able to test everyone. We will refer for testing those who are more unwell and those more at risk

Click here to see advice on self isolation and household contacts.

Early reports from France suggest that using ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories may worse the virus so use paracetamol to control symptoms and limit anti- inflammatory use.

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/14/anti-inflammatory-drugs-may-aggravate-coronavirus-infection

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Please use trusted sources like the HSE or WHO to get your information.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

BABY VACCINATIONS ARE CONTINUING AS NORMAL

Please be sure not to miss your appointment for baby vaccinations. Babies are more at risk of meningitis and other diseases than corona virus. If vaccination levels fall , we risk a measles or other outbreak. The waiting room is empty and when you attend , you will be seen quickly or advised to return to your car until the nurse is ready. After vaccination, you will be advised to stay in your car for 10 minutes to ensure your baby has no reaction. If this pandemic reminds us of one thing, it is the huge protection that vaccination has given us to deadly diseases.

To minimise attendances, we are carrying out 6 weeks checks on the same day as the 2 month vaccines. We are available for telephone consultations and can try and resolve issues by phone where possible.

 

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