What is it?
Human Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that usually cause illnesses like the common cold. Almost everyone gets one of these viruses at some point in their lives. Most of the time, the illness only lasts for a short time. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus. It was discovered in China in December 2019 and has now spread throughout the world. As the virus spreads, we are seeing some people with mild illness, some who get very sick and recover fully, and some who have died. The reason health officials are concerned is because the virus is new, which makes it hard to predict how it will continue to affect people. Researchers and doctors are learning more about it every day, including exactly how it spreads and who is most at risk.
Information and recommendations are changing rapidly. For the most current information, the CDC updates their numbers every Mon., Wed., and Fri. at this website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html. Research from other countries has shown that the illness in children is particularly mild and that those most at risk of becoming severely ill are people 60 and older, people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, lung disease, etc. and people who are immune compromised.
The virus is spread from person to person via close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of someone for more than 2 minutes) and passing of respiratory droplets with coughing or sneezing. It may also be spread by contact (a person touches a surface the virus is on and then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes) but this does not seem to be the main source of its spread. Those at greatest risk of infection are those who have had prolonged contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. “The incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to be within 14 days following exposure, with most cases occurring approximately five days after exposure.”
Like other colds, in children this virus is likely to cause cold symptoms such as runny nose, congestion, and cough. This virus may also cause a low fever. Just like the common cold, there is no treatment such as an antibiotic to speed the resolution of symptoms. The typical cough/cold recommendations will be useful with this virus as well, such as offering honey for those over 1 year old with cough, providing lots of fluid and rest, and using humidified air, saline, and nose suctioning for babies.
We are currently offering the Rapid COVID-19 Test! A positive test result for COVID-19 indicates that antigens from the virus were detected. It also means that the patient is infected with the virus and is presumed to be contagious. If your child’s test is negative, it means you were not shedding the virus at the time of testing. There have been instances where the test provides false-negative results which means if you are negative, you may still have the virus that causes COVID-19. With this in mind, please refer to our Rapid COVID-19 Testing Information Handout for additional information.
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These techniques include washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (think “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or the chorus of songs like “Jolene”, “Landslide”, and “Karma Chameleon”), covering coughs and sneezes, and discarding tissues immediately in trash bins, not touching your eyes, mouth, or nose, and staying home if you are sick. Another way to prevent contracting the virus would be stay out of emergency rooms and health-care offices unless symptoms are severe. For those with cold symptoms, without trouble breathing or a prolonged fever (defined as a temperature of 100.4 ° or higher and lasting more than 72 hours) , we recommend calling the office for concerns. Because influenza causes more severe illness in kids than it appears will be caused by COVID-19, based on current information please, please, please get your flu shot if you haven’t already!