Important messages from Pediatric Associates of Alexandria regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We know that the situation with COVID-19 has been rapidly evolving. We at PAA have been actively planning, and participating in discussions with Inova and Children’s National. We will continue provide updates here, and on facebook and our voice message, with specific emergency changes to our procedures.

Our staff and nurses are trained to answer questions regarding COVID-19 and would be happy to speak to you over the phone or with one of our providers through a telemedicine visit.

If your child develops any breathing difficulties, the best place to go for care is the Emergency Department of your local hospital.  Inova Fairfax has a specialized pediatric emergency room.

Staying Safe

You can take the following measures to remain healthy per CDC:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding crowds and sick people

Staying Informed

Here are some additional resouces with further information:


Governor's Stay at Home Order

March 30, 2020

Governor Northam just issued a stay-at-home order for Virginia today. It still allows essential businesses, such as for medical care, to remain open.

PAA will continue to be open to serve our patients needs. We have been ramping up our capacity to do telemedicine (video visits), and will continue to see sick kids who need to come in, at our Healthplex office. We will continue to do well child visits and give vaccines at our Potomac Yard location. 

Here is the link to the governor's order:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf


Supporting Our Children During The COVID-19 Outbreak

March 22, 2020

We are experiencing extraordinary events due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Our lives have been turned upside down.  I have been a pediatrician for over 20 years and would like to offer some ways to help our children cope with these disrupting events.

Many of the things that give our lives order have changed.  Schools are closed, daycare centers are closed, all activities and sports are suspended, restaurants and movie theaters are closed.  Much of our daily life and routine is based on these activities.  These activities form much of our social support.  Our sense of security in the world is based on knowing what will happen next.  In these times of uncertainty establishing routines for our children can be very comforting and help them cope.  Keep set bedtimes and wake up times, set meal times.  With schools closed, have a set time for school work, have a set time for physical activity. 

Children are great at sensing parental worry.  I like to talk with kids and parents about what jobs we all have in families.  The job of the kids is to learn and grow up.  The job of the parents is to take care of the kids and keep them safe.  When children start to express worries about safety, let them know that is your job as the parent and you will take care of it.

We are being inundated with information at this time.  Much of it is not accurate.  Please look to the CDC and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) websites as well as Healthykids.org for reliable information. Consider limiting television and electronic access to children so they don’t become overwhelmed by this information.  Allow children to ask questions and check in with them to ask how they are feeling about all of this.

Please call our office if you feel you need more help or support with this.  I am able to have telemedicine visits with families to discuss concerns and develop strategies to help children cope.

Thank you,
Dr. Kernan