I hope you and your family are well! I wanted to share a few important things with you.
WMPEDS COVID Fashion (COVID RELATED)Below you’ll see some of the office’s new garb. When interacting with patients, gloves and masks are always worn. If we suspect a patient coming in might have COVID, our staff put on their N95 masks. You might consider sharing these photos with your children leading up to an appointment so they know what to expect!
From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities (COVID RELATED)
A BYOB backyard gathering with one other household: low to medium risk
Eating indoors at a restaurant: medium to high risk
Attending a religious service indoors: high risk
Spending the day at a popular beach or pool: low risk
An outdoor celebration such as a wedding with more than 10 guests: medium to high risk
Using a public restroom: low to medium risk
Letting a friend use your bathroom: low risk
Going to a vacation house with another family: low risk
Staying at a hotel: low to medium risk
Getting a haircut: medium to high risk
Going shopping at a mall: risk varies
Going to a nightclub: high risk
Going camping: low risk
Exercising outdoors: low risk

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrom (PMIS) (COVID RELATED)
We know that COVID is impacting children and adults differently. A very small number of children seem to have a delayed reaction to the novel coronavirus – one that takes many weeks to manifest and become symptomatic. Across the country, doctors are finding similar cases. PMIS does seem to be a phenomenon unique to kids.

When PMIS first appeared in Europe and New York, its connection to COVID-19 wasn’t totally clear. Not all the kids with PMIS symptoms were testing positive for the coronavirus. But as antibody testing has become more readily available, it is showing that most of them do have antibodies to the novel coronavirus – meaning they probably had the virus at one point in a mild or asymptomatic form, and fought it off. Yet, their immune system had kept ramping up instead of down, and this is the likely cause of the inflammation. A body’s immune response usually peaks four to five weeks after infection, so it makes sense that New York is just now seeing an increase in PMIS cases (more than a month after its peak of COVID-19 cases).

Boston Children’s Hospital has seen 27 PMIS cases. If your child is between the ages of 4 – 15 and has a fever of 101 or greater for over 72 hours, please call us! 

Black Market Vaping Products Sold on DHGate.com (VAPING RELATED)
DHGate.com is a business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce website that facilitates the sale of products from suppliers to retailers. The company is headquartered in China and, like many predatory American companies, has been selling dangerous vaping products to our kids. We have informed Attorney General Maura Healey of this.

Be well and stay safe!

Lester Hartman, MD MPH
“Proactive in your child’s care. Empowering families for over 60 years.”

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