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COVID-19 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for Pediatric Patients in Los Angeles, CA Area

Read our commonly asked questions from patients and what you need to know about getting a COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions in Los Angeles, CA
COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions in Los Angeles, CA

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 or SARS-CoV-2 is a new disease caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. There are many types of coronaviruses including some that cause the common cold. Covid-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China. This is a new virus, there is still a lot unknown about Covid-19. We are learning about this novel virus and its impact every day.

How does it spread?

Covid-19 is thought to spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the nose or mouth of people in close contacts. Spread is more likely when people are within 6 feet of one another.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure to Covid-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headaches, new loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Who is at risk for Covid-19?

Anyone can be infected with Covid-19, older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of developing severe complications.

Can my child get Covid-19?

Yes, infants, children and young adults can be infected. There is a rare condition, MIS-C, multisystem inflammatory syndrome that has been reported in children.

How can I protect my child from Covid-19 infection?

Avoid contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently any high touched surfaces. Wear a mask when around people not living in your household and social distancing is not possible. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it in the trash.

Should my child wear a mask?

CDC recommends everyone over 2 years old cover their nose and mouth in a public setting or when around people not living in your household. Masks should not be put on babies or anyone who has trouble breathing, unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Can my child be tested for Covid-19?

Yes. Baby Doc House Calls does not currently offer in- home testing for Covid-19.