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

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 it is important to closely monitor them. Most people, including children, develop mild symptoms that resolve within two weeks. If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, talk to your child’s healthcare provider about steps you should take to help your child recover at home. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends both children and adults follow the same steps if they have the virus. See those steps here.

Notify your child’s healthcare provider if someone else in your house becomes sick with COVID-19, so they can provide any advice specific for your child.

If your child has new or worsening emergency warning signs, such as severe trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, feeling confused or having difficulty waking up, or blue-colored lips or face, call 911.

When you call, tell the operator you suspect your child has COVID-19 so that first responders can protect themselves and others.