Your child was recently seen by a health care provider and was identified to have a viral infection. There are many possible viruses but, to be safe, your child was tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Their test
results will be available in one to two (1-2) days and you will be called with the results.
There is a lot we still do not know about COVID-19. Based on what we know, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 infection than adults.
The symptoms of COVID-19 infection are similar for children and adults, and are similar to the symptoms of many other viral infections (e.g. the common cold). They include:
- Cold like symptoms such as fever, runny or stuffed-up nose, cough, sore throat.
- Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
- Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have been reported in a small number of cases.
Some children who are infected don’t experience any symptoms and otherwise healthy children often have milder symptoms than adults. We don't know if children who have chronic medical conditions and special healthcare needs are more likely to have severe symptoms of COVID-19 infection. There are no specific or unique recommendations for these children at this time.
There are no specific treatments for the COVID-19 virus, but symptoms can be managed. There is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. It is important for all children to receive their childhood immunizations (including pneumococcal conjugate 13 and influenza vaccines).
Healthy children with COVID-19 often can be cared for at home. If you feel your child's symptoms are worsening or are severe, have your child assessed by a health care provider. Symptoms to watch for:
- A fever that has lasted more than 48 hours, despite treatment.
- A bad cough that won't stop; coughing so bad they can't sleep or are gagging/vomiting.
- Difficulty breathing - your child complains it is hard to breath or you see increased work of breathing (e.g. the skin between the ribs or lower neck is sucking in).
- Your child is not drinking and you are concerned with vomiting and/or diarrhea or not enough wet diapers/use of toilet to void ("pee").
To help your child stay healthy:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water (20 seconds) or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wash hands after touching potentially infected items/surfaces such as tissues, masks, etc.
- Do not touch eyes, nose and/or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues (Kleenex). If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or the bend of your elbow. Wash hands immediately afterwards.
- Stay home if you are sick. Stay away from others who are sick.
- Wear a mask if you are ill. Change the mask if it's dirty or wet.
- Wearing a face mask if you are not sick does not protect you from catching COVID-19 virus.
- Avoid large crowds and practice "social distancing" (do not shake hands, hug, kiss, etc.)
- Clean "high touch" daily with soap and water. Examples include doorknobs, handles, faucets, light switches, toys, remote controls, tables, countertops, toilets, etc.).