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FAQs on COVID-19

How do I know if my child has COVID-19?

Experts report COVID-19 infection in children to be mild, with the CDC reporting that unlike adults, many children will never develop any symptoms. If they do, their symptoms may be similar to those seen with respiratory viruses and can include fever, dry cough and sore throat. Some older children may also experience body aches and flu-like symptoms.

What do I do if I received a call/letter from CHOG about coming in contact with a positive case of COVID-19?

If you’ve received a phone call and letter regarding contact with a positive case, please plan to self-quarantine your child and other immediate family members for 14 days. During this time, please monitor your temperatures daily and watch for the symptoms of fever, sore throat, dry cough and body aches.

What do I do if my child is showing symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, etc?

If your child develops any of the above symptoms, please call your child’s health care provider so we can help you further with the medical care of your child.

Do immediate family members need to be concerned?

The CDC recommends that all exposed individuals and their immediate family members stay home and avoid socializing with anyone for a total of 14 days. Per the CDC, if the exposed person (s) has no symptoms within those 14 days they can start going outside their home.

Is it safe for children to come to CHOG?

It is safe for children to come to the hospital.

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Children's Hospital of Georgia

Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the only facility in the area dedicated exclusively to children. It staffs the largest team of pediatric specialists in the region who deliver out- and in- patient care for everything from common childhood illnesses to life-threatening conditions like heart disorders, cancer and neurological diseases.