As of March 5, two cases of the COVID-19 flu have been confirmed in Houston – (one in Fort Bend and one in Harris Counties.) Also, The City of Houston Health Department has reported at least one more suspected case. As this flu outbreak continues to spread, it is essential that (1) no one panics, and (2) everyone takes necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.

The US Center for Disease Control has issued a number of briefings that explain both the symptoms to watch for and steps to take to prevent acquiring or spreading the illness. According to the CDC, the primary symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Fever
  • Cough, and
  • Shortness of Breath.

The CDC recommends, «You should seek medical advice if you develop these symptoms AND have been in close contact with someone who has COVID–19, or you live in or have been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.»

Sunset Pediatric Urgent Care is here to support you and your family during this flu season. We are keeping abreast of all developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and can answer any questions you may have concerning this flu or any other medical issue. Please feel free to contact us at 281-920-5446 at any time for questions, to discuss any flu symptoms, or for an appointment. For urgent needs, please feel free to walk in.

Prevention is the best approach for avoiding this virus, and the CDC recommends several common-sense steps to help to prevent this infection. Following is a list of actions each member of your family should take during this flu season and beyond.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Actively scrub both sides of your hands thoroughly, especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, going to the bathroom, or before preparing or eating food.

  •  Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose, or other parts of your face with unwashed hands.
  • If you become sick or ill, you should stay home until you are fully recovered.
  • Cover your sneeze with a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid crowds, except when necessary.

Sunset Pediatric Urgent Care is prepared to respond to this flu outbreak and is ready to help you and your family stay healthy and active. Should you develop symptoms as described above, or any other illness, please feel free to contact your pediatrician for consultation or call Sunset for questions, 281-920-5446.