Community Love in the Time of COVID19

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Dear Families,
School closings, containment zones and quarantines are ramping up Coronavirus anxiety for all of us, from the youngest, who respond to our stress, to the elderly, who are most affected, to those of us in the middle, who feel responsible for the whole family.

Dr. Asta and the staff at Casa Verde Pediatrics, Inc. are here for you, not only for medical care but as a source of reliable and accurate information. We suggest you look at COVID-19 information from two perspectives.
1. Personal Safety: the vast majority of people infected by COVID-19 will have mild illness, especially children.
2. Community responsibility: the CDC and the Health Department are trying to limit spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas, and social distancing are being implemented for these purposes.

The best way to stay healthy is by practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and staying away from large gatherings when possible. Take advantage of the nicer weather and socialize outdoors. If you or any one in your family is sick, stay home.  When needed, cover your cough and sneezing.

Our office will help you through this crisis, as we have so many times in the past.  We were on the front line of H1N1 infection – we made it through that, and together, we will make it through this.

If your child is sick please call us. We are screening patients carefully and doing what is needed to keep our families safe. We are offering telemedicine visits.  Call the office with specific questions. For more info go to our website and our blog and Facebook page.

Keep your scheduled well care appointments. Babies and children still need to get physicals and the vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious than coronavirus.  Our office has implemented procedures to keep you safe. We are following appropriate CDC recommendations. We are cleaning intensely and often.
What else can you do? Shut off the TV and give yourself and your children a break. When possible, keep their schedules normal. Look for anxiety symptoms – such as moodiness, trouble sleeping and separation anxiety.  Talk to your children about their fears. Reassure them.
Check on your elderly neighbors, family and friends.  These people are most at risk for complications of Coronavirus.  Ask if you can get them food, medicine or anything else they need. We are a community, we need to take care of each other.

As always #cvpediatrics.


About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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