Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions:
During this time of social distancing, it is still very important for children to receive regular medical care and vaccinations. We will continue to provide this essential service to the community. We are taking extra precautions to provide safe care, including scheduling only well care in the mornings and sick care in the afternoons with enhanced cleaning procedures in the office. We also now have the ability to schedule telemedicine appointments with our providers.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms that separate COVID-19 from other common illnesses, except for loss of taste or smell. Symptoms can range from very mild (mimicking a common cold) to more severe (difficulty breathing, needing hospital care). Children are more likely to have mild symptoms.
The CDC separates symptoms into “Major” (more likely to be COVID-19) and “Minor” (less likely to be COVID-19).
Major symptoms include:
- Feeling feverish or having chills
- Temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
Minor symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
My child is sick, what should I do?
If your child or family has a known exposure to someone sick with COVID-19, or your child is experiencing loss of taste or smell, please stay at home and call our office.
If your child does not have any known exposures or loss of taste or smell, but has any symptoms listed above, please do not send them to school or daycare, and keep them isolated at home. In general, if your child has major symptoms (see above) that self resolve within 24 hours, or minor symptoms (see above) that self resolve within 48 hours, they may not need a COVID-19 test before returning to school or daycare. Please call our office at (303) 779-5437 if you think your child may fit this criteria.
If your child has symptoms that last for more than 48 hours, they likely will need a COVID-19 test before returning to school or daycare. Please call our office and we can help get a test set up for you.
My child was exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?
A person is considered “exposed” if they have been in close contact (within 6 feet) for more than 15 minutes with someone who has tested positive, even if they were wearing a mask. This might include contact within a classroom, sports team, or playdate setting. If your child has been exposed, he or she needs to quarantine at home for 14 days. Please call our office at (303) 779-5437 for more guidance on quarantine and testing.
Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?
Testing is generally recommended for anyone who is symptomatic (see “My child is sick” section above). Tests are most accurate 2-4 days after symptom onset.
Is there any special treatment for COVID-19?
Although some people with COVID-19 can become very sick and require hospitalization, most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. COVID-19 is a viral illness so antibiotics will not treat the infection. It is crucial to stay at home and avoid being around others.
My child has been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I look out for?
For many children, COVID-19 is a mild illness, and does not necessarily need medical attention. However, sometimes symptoms may become more severe. If your child has any of the following, please give our office a call at (303) 779-5437, as we may recommend they be evaluated in the office or Emergency Department:
- Concerns about your child’s breathing – breathing seems harder or faster, wheezing noises, or struggling to breathe
- Cough sounds croupy or barky
- If your child has asthma and is not responding to breathing treatments.
- Signs of dehydration – not having at least 3 urines per 24 hours, or unable to take liquids by mouth.
- Fever higher than 100.4 that lasts for more than 3 days
What can I do to keep my family and community safe?
We recommend that everyone follow guidelines put out by the state health department (CDPHE) and the CDC. Most guidelines are by county. You can check your county’s specific level and restrictions here:
Click on “show guidelines and restrictions” to see a breakdown of what is recommended in your county.
We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because some people may have no symptoms (asymptomatic) or very mild symptoms, the best thing we can do is practice social distancing and wear a mask. We would recommend that all children ages 3 and up wear a mask indoors, and outdoors when it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. This would include outdoor recreation like hiking, playgrounds, parks, etc when there are other people present. We would also recommend limiting in person gatherings. Please check your county regulations for updated guidance regarding in person gathering limits.
What about the COVID-19 Vaccine?
We are excited about the development of several promising COVID-19 vaccines! As of now, the vaccines are being distributed and administered by the state government. Colorado has developed a phase based plan regarding who will be eligible for the vaccine – those working in healthcare or considered higher risk will be eligible first. Most of our providers have already received their first doses! Unfortunately we are not able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine in our office, and do not have control over how our patients are classified in the phase based administration plan. At this time, the vaccine is only approved for people ages 16 and up, so many of our youngest patients will not be able to receive the vaccine. We hope this will change as more research is done. If you have questions about when you might be eligible to receive a vaccine, please check out the CDPHE website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/vaccine-for-coloradans