Boston Children's response to COVID-19

Coronavirus, COVID-19

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What are coronavirus, SARS CoV-2, and COVID-19?

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. This virus causes an illness called COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). The new CoV-2 coronavirus emerged in the city of Wuhan, China last year and is currently spreading around the globe. The first case in the United States was confirmed on January 21, 2020.

What should I know about coronavirus and children?

Many parents are still understandably nervous about the effects of coronavirus in children — especially those with underlying health conditions. Most children and teens infected with COVID-19 appear to have had mild to moderate symptoms. But the COVID-19 pandemic may have other effects on kids, including stress, fear, anxiety, and frustration. Here’s how Boston Children’s is addressing coronavirus in children.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Kristen Moffitt answers questions about the new coronavirus in babies and children, and offers tips on how to talk about the virus with your kids.

COVID-19 complications in children: What’s behind the recent alerts?

Unpacking the recent alerts about multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a rare post-COVID-19 complication.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 may have mild, moderate, or severe symptoms. At this time, the focus is on individuals with respiratory illness, particularly those with one or more of the key symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; or at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. If you’re worried whether you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can check them with Boston Children’s virtual symptom checker.

What is the treatment for COVID-19?
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
How does COVID-19 spread?

What should I know about COVID-19 testing?

Where do I go to get my child tested for COVID 19 if they have symptoms?
What’s it like to get a throat swab?
What’s it like to get a nasal swab?

COVID-19 prevention

Wash your hands often with soap and water, following CDC handwashing guidelines.
Cover nose and mouthCover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and immediately wash your hands.
Do not touch eyes, nose, and mouthDo not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Clean and disinfectClean and disinfect areas that people often touch, like toys, doorknobs, and other metal and plastic surfaces.
Practice social distancingPractice social distancing.
What is social distancing and why is it important?
My child had a distant exposure to someone with COVID-19. What should I do?
How do I protect my child if someone in my home has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive?

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