It is important to know the symptoms of COVID-19, when to isolate, and when to seek help. Explore below to learn what symptoms to watch for and what to do if you are sick to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe.
If one of my children gets sick, does the whole family quarantine? Do we socially distance from that child?
Caring for a child with COVID-19 is a little different than when they get a normal cold. Parents should use these recommendations to inform their approach to caring for a sick child and consider alterations based on the age of the child. Regardless of who is sick with COVID-19 in the home, everyone in the household should stay home for at least 14 days after the family member becomes sick. When someone in the house becomes sick the following should be done:
A member of my household tested positive. Should I be tested as well?
The CDC does not recommend other members of the household be tested unless they begin to show symptoms. If those in the same house have been exposed to the sick individual for greater than 15 minutes and closer than six feet to each other should be tested. Otherwise, stay home and monitor for symptoms when possible.
Do I have to be tested with a nasal swab, or are there other methods?
There are two options to detect a current COVID-19 infection. These include the nasal swab and saliva test. Both are offered in Utah. Visit coronavirus.utah.gov for more information on where to get each type of test.
Should I be tested for the COVID-19 antibody to see if I have already had the virus?
There are currently no firm guidelines set by the state of Utah on antibody testing. You should discuss with your physician if an antibody test is necessary for you.
My child only has a fever and no other symptoms. When should I take them to the doctor?
If your child has a fever and no other symptoms, contact your primary care physician for recommendations on best next steps. They will ask questions and help determine whether your child needs to see a provider, get a COVID-19 test, or if you should watch and wait.
I have heard about an inflammatory syndrome in kids associated with COVID-19. Is my child at risk?
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, MIS-C, is very rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19. Visit the CDC page on MIS-C for information and what to do if you think your child may have symptoms.
Is it safer to take my child to urgent care or the ER if something happens, COVID-19 or unrelated?
Facilities in the state of Utah are prepared to take care of both patients with COVID-19 and patients without the virus. You should make the decision of ER or urgent care as you would have before the pandemic. For problems that cannot wait such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, trauma, loss of consciousness, blurred vision, head injuries, broken bones, and severe abdominal pain call 911 or head to your local ER. For less severe issues please utilize urgent care or your primary care provider.
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