Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms

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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.

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General

  1. Common symptoms include fever and cough
  2. Less common symptoms include shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and loss of sense of taste or smell
  3. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested. Find a location near you
  4. While waiting for test results, stay home and distance from others in your household
  5. Even with mild symptoms or no symptoms a person can spread the virus
  6. Get rest, stay hydrated, and take over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen to help you feel better
  7. If you are experience difficulty breathing, blue lips or skin, chest pain, new confusion, or inability to wake up or stay awake, call 911
  8. Remember that clinics are open and are seeing patients. If you think you may have COVID-19, call ahead
  9. Doctors may direct patients to COVID-19 testing centers or perform some visits via telehealth
  10. Keep a log of symptoms and recent contacts; this is important for contact tracing

For Teens

  1. Some kids are very anxious about contracting the virus. Listen to their concerns
  2. Reassure anxious teens that generally kids do well and have only mild symptoms
  3. If your child says that they have COVID-19 symptoms, take them seriously
  4. Empower teens regarding their role in limiting spread and keeping others safe

For Kids

  1. Do not send a sick child to school. Keep them isolated and call their primary care provider for next steps
  2. Kids tend to have milder illness but can spread the virus to people at higher risk for severe illness or death
  3. Symptoms in kids are the same as those for adults
  4. Kids tend to be more at risk for GI symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea

For Infants and Toddlers

  1. Most infants are well even when moms are infected by COVID-19
  2. Infants, especially those born premature or with lung disease, are at higher risk of severe infection with COVID-19 than older kids
  3. If a caregiver of an infant has COVID-19, take steps to minimize risk of transmission
  4. If your child is less than three months old and has a fever to 100.4 F or higher, bring them to the emergency department for evaluation

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Frequently Asked Questions: Monitoring for Symptoms

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If one of my children gets sick, does the whole family quarantine? Do we socially distance from that child?

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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:

  • The sick individual and the caregiver should wear a mask when near each other
  • The sick individual should isolate in one room and use a separate bathroom from others if possible
  • The sick individual should stay at least six feet away from other household members when isolation is not possible
  • The caregiver should wear gloves when interacting with the sick individual or items they have touched
  • Utensils and dishes should not be shared, they should be washed and dried immediately after use
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces in the house

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Q.

A member of my household tested positive. Should I be tested as well?

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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.

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Do I have to be tested with a nasal swab, or are there other methods?

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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.

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Should I be tested for the COVID-19 antibody to see if I have already had the virus?

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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.

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My child only has a fever and no other symptoms. When should I take them to the doctor?

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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.

Q.

I have heard about an inflammatory syndrome in kids associated with COVID-19. Is my child at risk?

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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.

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Is it safer to take my child to urgent care or the ER if something happens, COVID-19 or unrelated?

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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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