Sunset Pediatric Urgent Care, as well as our sister organization, Sunrise Pediatrics Clinic, wants to assure all of our patients that we are staying abreast of coronavirus (CoVid-19) developments and that we are here to do all we can to ensure you and your family’s health and safety. Please follow all governmental and health department guidelines, and should any symptoms develop, call your pediatrician for advice on how to proceed. As of the third week of March, indications are that children are just as susceptible to the coronavirus as adults but that the severity of the illness may be less in children than in older individuals. On March 19, the University of Minnesota reported on a pre-publication release of an article to appear in the journal, Pediatrics. Referring to the study, the article stated that doctors in Wuhan China, assessed the effects of the coronavirus on 2143 Chinese children. The results indicated that children of all ages were subject to being infected with coronavirus but that the infections were less severe than in adults. Infected children, however, can transmit the virus to others as easily as it can be transmitted by any other group. Nevertheless, deaths have been reported among children, so parents need to follow all published health department guidelines for isolating and protecting all family members. At Sunset Pediatric Urgent Care, we have protocols in place to continually clean and disinfect our facilities to ensure the well-being of our patients and guests. Per our website’s CoVid-19 notice, “Meanwhile, we respectfully ask that if you or anyone accompanying you is feeling unwell, have traveled internationally in the past 1 month, have a cough or a fever, then kindly let us know and we will gladly reschedule your appointment.” For additional general information and questions, please follow the links below to access websites where you can find the latest data regarding this outbreak. To find current national information regarding the virus as well as testing for the virus, see the CDC’s main website or the CDC testing website. For local news and information regarding the virus, visit the Harris County Health Department, the Houston Health Department, or the Houston Chronicle CoVid-19 Live Update websites. These sites can keep you up to date on the latest news, but if you have a specific question that these sites don’t answer, you can call the Houston Health Department CoVid-19 call center at 832-393-4220. They have staff available for questions and assistance weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time of vigilance, please feel free to give our office a call for other questions, appointments, or to discuss any suspected symptoms you or your family are experiencing. Contact us at 281-920-5446.