Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Children’s of Alabama Implements Visitation Restrictions

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ATTENTION: Effective Monday 3/30/2020 Health Information Management (Medical Records) will be closed to the public until further notice. We are taking these measures in an effort to protect you, our patients, and our staff during the corona virus event. We will continue to process requests for medical record copies – please follow these instructions.

To help keep our patients/families and communities safe and informed, Children’s of Alabama has gathered the following information to address questions you may have about the coronavirus.

The well-being of our patients, families and staff is our utmost priority, and we will continue to communicate updates periodically. We are taking all precautionary measures to identify and contain any possible exposures, and we are in constant communication with state and local health agencies to ensure timely and coordinated efforts.

Children’s of Alabama has well-established infection prevention measures in place at all times to prevent the transmission of all communicable diseases, including the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as the flu and other respiratory illnesses. Additionally, Children’s is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Alabama and the state’s relevant health agencies for the prevention, detection and treatment of COVID-19. 

We have also taken additional measures to ensure safety for all patients, visitors and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you should have a specific question or concern while your child is a patient at Children’s or one of our primary care practices, do not hesitate to ask your healthcare provider.

What Is the New Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are common causes of colds and respiratory tract infections. At the end of 2019, a new type of coronavirus began making people sick in China. You might hear the virus called 2019-nCoV, novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of the New Coronavirus?

The coronavirus causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Symptoms are a bit like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, especially if they are sick or have health problems.

How Does the New Coronavirus Spread?

Experts are still investigating how the new coronavirus spreads. In general, coronaviruses spread through droplets sent into the air when people cough or sneeze. Some people who became sick with the new coronavirus lived with others who had the virus.

Is the New Coronavirus Dangerous to Children?

Experts are still learning about this new virus, so we don't have a lot of information about it yet. But it seems to cause a milder infection in children than in adults or older people.

Call your doctor if your child:

  • Is ill and has traveled internationally.
  • Had contact with someone thought to have the new coronavirus within the past 14 days.

Right now, measles and the flu are bigger problems for children than the coronavirus. Make sure your child is vaccinated against both of these. It's not too late to get a flu shot!

Does Children's Conduct Tests For the Coronavirus?

Children's is only conducting coronavirus (COVID-19) testing on any child who is an inpatient and is showing showing symptoms of a possible coronavirus infection. Children's is not a community test site for the general public. In the event a test is ordered for an inpatient in our care, the charge for this test is typically $232.50.

How Is the New Coronavirus Treated?

Most people with the coronavirus, including children, do not have serious problems. After talking to a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids, and other treatments.

How Can I Protect Myself From the New Coronavirus?

As with other viruses, the best ways to protect yourself and your family are:

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands well and often. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Teach your kids to do the same.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven't washed your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people touch a lot.

Antibiotics can't treat viruses so they won't help with the coronavirus. Medicines for the flu don't work either because the coronavirus is different from the flu virus.

Experts around the world are studying and tracking the new coronavirus. Countries like the United States are taking steps to prevent it from spreading. This means identifying people who have the virus and anyone they come into contact with.

Reduce Your Risk of Coronavirus Infection – Infographic (PDF)

Where Can I Learn More About the New Coronavirus?

Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for up-to-date information on the new coronavirus.

Visit the Alabama Department of Public Health to learn more information about the coronavirus.