What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID 19?

Can children be infected with COVID-19?

Children and adolescents can be infected with SARS-CoV-2, can get sick with COVID-19, and can spread the virus to others.

How long do symptoms for COVID-19 last?

The main symptoms of COVID-19—fever, cold symptoms, and/or cough—typically appear within 2-14 days of exposure. How long symptoms last varies per person, but most people recover by two weeks.

What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?

Children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and can get sick with COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or they may have no symptoms at all (“asymptomatic”). Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults.

What are some ways to treat mild COVID-19 illness?

Most people who become sick with COVID-19 will only experience mild illness and can recover at home. Symptoms might last a few days, and people who have the virus might feel better in about a week. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and includes rest, fluid intake and pain relievers.

Can children spread COVID-19 to others if they don’t have symptoms?

Similar to adults with SARS-CoV-2 infections, children and adolescents can spread SARS-CoV-2 to others when they do not have symptoms or have mild, non-specific symptoms and thus might not know that they are infected and infectious. Children are less likely to develop severe illness or die from COVID-19.

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Are children less likely to get COVID-19?

In the United States and globally, fewer cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children (age 0-17 years) compared with adults.

When can COVID-19 symptoms begin to appear?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after someone is exposed to the virus and can include fever, chills, and cough.

How long does it take to recover from a mild COVID-19 infection?

Most people with mild coronavirus symptoms recover in one to two weeks. However, some people may actually take longer to fully recover, even with just mild cases.

What are some symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.

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