This Georgia AAP (virtual) board meeting started with a brief review from Dr. Kathleen Tomey (Department of Health)
AAP Update from Dr. Scornik:
Safe sleep initiatives briefly discussed by Dr. Sarah Lazarus which aligns with Strong4Life campaign:
Update on E-Cigarettes Webinar*+: Wednesday, October 28 at 12:30 pm Please note new date! Here’s a chance to still register. First in a series of three webinars offered to Georgia Pediatricians on the growing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use Faculty: Alice Little Caldwell, MD, FAAP https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8457518617359610381
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This year’s Summer Georgia AAP Board Meeting included presentations from Kathleen Toomey (commissioner of the Department of Public Health), Sally Goza (National AAP President),Kristie Clarke/Anne Kimball (CDC Liaison) and Evan Anderson (infectious disease committee). Also a fair amount of information was shared by more than 75 participants.
RIVM Children and COVID-19 Describes experience with opening schools in Europe and Australia. “Schools have now reopened in various other European countries. RIVM is in close contact with sister organisations in these countries to evaluate the impact of this policy on the spread of the novel coronavirus there. Denmark was the first country to reopen childcare and primary education, as of 15 April. They have not reported any negative effects after reopening the schools and are not seeing any increase in the reproduction number. ” There were several studies showing no transmission
Georgia Department of Public Health: DPH COVID-19 Website: One fatality due to COVID-19 in Georgia Pediatric population, 0-17 years.
From Dr. Goza -AAP website/resources/agenda:
From Dr Goza: AAP has been working on health equity and racism prior to recent events, including policy statement last year. Now with additional input:
From Kristie Clarke/Anne Kimball –they note that recent MMWR reports that the pediatric population now representing 5% of COVID-19 cases with more widespread testing.
From Dr. Terri McFadden (Ga. AAP Chair):
Related material from The Children’s Care Network: Website: Call Your Pediatrician Video -Dr. Anna Kuo (2 minutes) “Now, more than ever, it is important that practices actively reach out to families to educate them on the importance of staying connected to their medical home. Kids Health First partnered with Dr. AnnaKuo from Peachtree Park Pediatrics, to create a video aimed towards parents. This video highlights the importance of scheduling patient visits, staying up-to-date on immunizations and assuring families of the safety measures practices are implementing to ensure the health and well-being for all. “
SARS-CoV-2 is a positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the genus Betacoronavirus, and phylogenetically related (88%–89% similarity) to the two bat-derived SARS-like coronaviruses, bat-SL-CoVZC45 and bat-SL-CoVZXC21….
Routine gastroenterology practice poses increased risk of exposure and potential viral transmission during ambulatory interaction, especially during endoscopic procedures…