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 and 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?
Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.
People may also experience headache, body aches, vomiting/diarrhea (more in children).
The symptoms can be similar to many other viral illnesses, such as the common cold or influenza.
Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?
Currently testing for COVID-19 is still limited due to the number of tests available at this time. Testing is prioritized for those requiring hospitalization and health care workers. At this time, COVID-19 testing is not being routinely recommended for otherwise healthy people with mild respiratory symptoms. It is recommended to stay at home, isolate from others and treat with supportive care.
How to treat COVID-19?
Although some COVID-19 illness can be severe 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. The current recommendation if you do not qualify for testing is to self-quarantine at home for at least 7 days from onset of symptoms and until symptom free for 3 days. If exposure to confirmed case of COVID-19 and you develop symptoms, then it is recommended to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
When do kids need to be seen in the office if they have viral symptoms?
You have concerns about your child’s breathing – breathing seems harder or faster, wheezing noises, or struggling to breathe. If concerns for croupy or barky cough – please call. If your child has asthma and is not responding to breathing treatments. Dehydration – not having at least 3 urines per 24 hours, or unable to take liquids by mouth.
Fever higher than 100.4 that is lasting for more than 3 days
What is social distancing and why is it so important?
Currently, the information that is available shows that COVID-19 infection is generally milder in children and young adults. Some children can actually be asymptomatic (symptom free) even if they are infected and can spread COVID-19 without knowing. This is why it is so important to stay home, practice social distancing (avoiding play dates, group playground equipment, or elective get togethers) in order to help prevent and slow the spread of the virus. It is okay to go outside when the weather is nice – just avoid groups. It is recommended to stay 6 feet apart to prevent spread.