Story by: Joe Hall on March 13, 2020
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Though coronavirus/COVID-19 cases have been confirmed mostly in adults, kids are still susceptible to the virus. Norton Children’s Hospital is receiving many calls from concerned parents and caregivers. If you’re concerned your child might have COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, here are the steps you should take:
Unlike for the flu, your child’s pediatrician cannot automatically test for COVID-19. The decision of whether or not to administer the test is not driven by the individual feeling ill. It’s based on criteria provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in consultation with an infectious disease specialist.
Depending on your child’s symptoms and travel history, the doctor may ask you to take your child to an off-site testing facility. If symptoms are severe enough, they may tell you to visit an emergency room. This is why calling ahead is so important.
If you have general questions about COVID-19, you can call Kentucky’s hotline at (800) 722-5725, option 5.