The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency that’s impacting the lives of every Rhode Island family. In addition to the deadly serious direct health impacts caused by the coronavirus, the pandemic has upended our daily lives from school, to work, to not being able to see our friends and loved ones. All of this disruption is causing other very real health impacts for young children, teens, and parents including increased stress and anxiety, and missed childhood vaccinations and doctor visits.
That’s why we, your Rhode Island pediatricians, have launch this resource to share tips, quality resources, and best practices to keep your family healthy during COVID.
First and foremost, we urge all Rhode Islanders to continue to follow basic guidelines to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water.
- Practicing social distancing by avoiding close contact and putting 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Always wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth when in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Getting a flu shot.
While always following these guidelines, we hope that you and your family will use the tips and resources on this site to stay healthy during COVID.
Finally, we want you to know that Rhode Island’s pediatricians’ offices are open, safe, and ready to see children for well-child visits, developmental screenings, vaccinations, and other children’s health issues.
Please call your pediatrician with any questions you may have, and make an appointment if needed. If you’re looking for a pediatrician for your family, click here.