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Coronavirus 2: Does my child have Coronavirus?

I’m not even considering the diagnosis of COVID-19, unless the child has at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever (not just low grade) for a couple of days,
  • Looking unusually ill (more than expected from a usual viral fever).
  • Direct, personal exposure to a person who test-positive for COVID-19.

Profuse runny nose is not typical of COVID-19 symptoms.  Most of my patients with fever and cough have had flu, strep, ear infections, or another upper respiratory illness. We have not seen any patients with the Kawasaki-like multi-system inflammatory syndrome that’s been reported in children.

 

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