Coronavirus - Update

From: 16.06.2020

Dear parents, dear patients!

We are currently receiving many requests from concerned families whose children are being treated in our clinic. Understandably, there is great uncertainty and fear due to the spreading SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Trusted information on the current situation can be obtained from the Rober-Koch-Institute (RKI) at: www.rki.de/covid-19.

According to all data available to date, children and adolescents seem to fall ill less frequently and less severely than adults. However, many children cared for in our clinic suffer from lung disease, a weakness of the immune system or both. According to the information provided by the RKI, they therefore belong to the group of people with a higher risk of a serious course of disease, regardless of age (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html).

Although the proportion of children with pre-existing conditions requiring hospitalization due to Covid-19 was high in some studies, severe or even life-threatening disease progressions were extremely rare. In Germany, less than 5 children have died as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection so far. This means that the risk of contracting the new coronavirus is much lower than for many other viral infections. And this also applies to chronically ill children.

Nevertheless, the generally recommended precautions are important for you and your child, also to prevent infections with other viruses. Please note the following recommendations:

  • In accordance with public recommendations, avoid crowds of people if possible
  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5 m between you and your child and other people outside the close nuclear family, as far as this is possible for your child due to its age
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging and other close contact with others
  • Cough "in the crook of your arm" when you have cold symptoms
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching the face
  • You and your child should wear a mouth and nose protector where recommended, if this is possible for your child due to age

In accordance with public recommendations, we believe that it is also possible for children who are being treated by us for lung and/or immune system diseases to attend kindergarten and school. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The long-term therapy that your child receives should be continued unchanged and conscientiously. Active and passive smoking should be avoided at all costs.

In our clinic, special precautions are taken to prevent disease outbreaks. These include:

  • Children may only be accompanied to the outpatient clinics by one parent
  • Children undergoing inpatient treatment may only be accompanied by one parent
  • Parents who accompany their child to an inpatient treatment must be registered at the main entrance of the pediatric clinic in order to be able to trace possible chains of infection,
  • Visits by (siblings) children/young people are currently not allowed.
  • In the clinic mouth and nose covers must be worn consistently
  • Children with signs of infection may only visit the outpatient clinics in absolutely exceptional cases and after prior consultation. Excluded from this is the emergency room of the pediatric clinic
  • Accompanying persons with signs of infection are not allowed to enter the pediatric clinic

From March to May many ambulance appointments had to be cancelled by us for reasons of infection protection. Therefore we will call you if necessary to make up for these appointments or (only in individual cases) to postpone existing appointments in the next few weeks. This decision is made for each individual by your responsible doctor.  If an appointment for your child has been cancelled but not yet rescheduled, please ask at our outpatient clinics or at the ward.

If you have any questions that cannot be clarified through your pediatrician or if you need prescriptions that our outpatient clinic has to issue, you are of course welcome to contact us. Please understand that we may need a little longer to process all inquiries.

If your child develops a respiratory tract infection or has had contact with a COVID-19 positive tested person, an outpatient assessment and testing according to the current recommendations of the RKI should take place close to home. If your child has to be treated as an inpatient and/or an examination is not possible on an outpatient basis, a telephone consultation should be made with us to decide whether admission/presentation at our clinic is necessary and possible.

Please note that currently all patients of the pediatric clinic (no matter if emergency patient, inpatient or outpatient treatment) may only enter the clinic with ONE adult accompanying person! If in exceptional cases - e.g. for clarification talks - both parents have to be present, we will find a solution.

As you know, new findings in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic are being gathered worldwide on a daily basis, so recommendations can change quickly. These recommendations apply to the state of knowledge on 16.06.2020. 

We wish you all the best and hope that we were able to help you with our recommendations. You will find the latest recommendations under the following link: www.rki.de/covid-19.