A Note to Our Community about Covid19
As we’re sure you are aware, the health and safety of our new parents and babies is of utmost importance to us, as it has been for the over 30 years we've been supporting new families. As a community, we've dealt with similar situations as the current Covid19 virus, including most recently the measles resurgence in parts of Los Angeles and our annual/seasonal flu outbreaks. We are being diligent with Covid19 as well.
It is still early in the process, and there is much that isn't known. It does appear that the severity of infections ranges from mild, almost non-existent symptoms to very severe illnesses or even death, particularly in the elderly and those with significantly compromised immune systems.
This is what we’ve done so far:
- We have reached out to the local, leading pediatricians we work with, plus the registered nurses and licensed therapists on our team who have reiterated what we have heard from other health care professionals. There are no known community based outbreaks in the Greater Los Angeles area, and no one has been advised to limit their public activities. More illnesses are expected in the broader community, and it’s clear that we should be prepared for that.
- We prominently display our "Healthy Parent Healthy Baby" Policy and we continue to ask that anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness do not come into the store. This includes our support team as well.
- We have always wiped down our developmental play toys and other products between our classes, and we will of course continue to do so. The floor coverings are changed after each class. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, we are more frequently wiping down exposed surfaces which people most commonly come into contact with.
- In terms of precautions that each of us can take, doctors are currently advising the same preventative measures as for the flu or common cold. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is advised, and as difficult as it is, people should avoid touching their faces as much as they can, since that is a primary path for contracting these types of viruses.
- And, as always, hand sanitizers are available for use throughout our stores.
We will continue to consult with the pediatricians and nurses in our support network and monitor developments. In the meantime, we will continue our hard work to provide a nurturing, educational and supportive environment for our new parents.
Cheryl, Corky and The Pump Station & Nurtury Team
For more information, We encourage you to download the Podcast The Hamilton Review, When Kids and Culture Collide hosted by our good friend Dr. Bob Hamilton, Founder of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics and creator of the Hamilton Hold. In Dr. Bob's Podcast this past Tuesday he had and open and very informative conversation with Dr. Paul Krogstad regarding Covid-19. Dr. Krogstad is the Professor of Pediatrics at Mattel's Children's Hospital and he specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease. We found this very helpful and reassuring to listen to!