What is "coronavirus"? - More properly known as COVID-19 or SARS-CoV2, it is a virus that often causes respiratory symptoms. However, some people can have it and don't show any symptoms at all, even though they can still spread it.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? - Symptoms can include cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, headache, new fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and congestion or runny nose
You should remember that some people can be asymptomatic (show no symptoms) but still have the virus. This means that they can spread it without knowing.
I think my child might have COVID-19 - what do I do? - First, don't panic! Most children will have mild to moderate symptoms as they might experience with a common cold or flu. There is no specific medication or treatment for COVID; you should monitor them closely and bring them to care right away if severe symptoms (such as difficulty breathing, lethargy, or dehydration) are noted. If your child appears severely ill, they need to be seen right away by a healthcare provider (Emergency department).
If you are not sure if you need to have your child seen, you can use the Coronavirus Self-Checker on the CDC's website. The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.
You should have your child tested. If it is during the weekday, please call our office and we can schedule a test, either in your car or in the office if you feel that your child also needs to be examined by your healthcare provider. If it is after hours or on the weekend, you can either be swabbed at a community testing site, or you can wait for the next business day to be swabbed in our office (there is no rush to be swabbed, so we would be happy to see you!). Prevea Health has a testing site that is open on the weekend - you can schedule a test by going to www.myprevea.com.
I think my child was exposed to COVID-19, but is not showing symptoms - what should I do? If you think that your child might have been exposed, you should follow the CDC's current guidelines which can be found here. Depending on who you were exposed to and how long you were exposed for, you may need to quarantine for 14 days.
You should quarantine as directed by the CDC. You should also call us on the next business day to discuss whether or not your child needs to be tested for COVID-19. This can vary depending on the exposure, so please call us to discuss.
My child was swabbed for COVID-19 in the office, how do I get results - results are entered into the system and then are available for you to view on mychart (click here to login). If you need to request access for you or your child, please