Stay up to date with the latest tips, resources, and information on COVID-19 for kids. If your child might be sick, check out our COVID-19 Symptom Checker for actionable advice based on your child's symptoms.
Updated at 3:37pm Mar 22, 2021
Current status for children
Likelihood of contraction
Severity of illness
Note: Like with any other illness, children with a chronic health condition such as asthma, heart disease, or any other scenario where their immune system might be suppressed (chemotherapy, organ transplant, or immune deficiency) will be at a higher risk of contracting and getting seriously ill from this virus.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Shortness of Breath
The most common symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Sometimes, patients will also experience other symptoms like whole body aches, lost of taste or smell, nausea, sore throat, or diarrhea.
Because many cold and influenza viruses have overlapping symptoms with COVID-19 it is often hard to differentiate on symptoms alone.
What should I do if I think my kids or I have COVID-19?
It might be a good idea to get tested if:
- your child is showing one or more symptoms
- you or someone in your house is showing symptoms
- your child has been exposed to someone that has tested positive for the virus
- your child has been around a large number of individuals outside of your home
If you're not sure, call your child's physician (or us if you are near Portland—we have staff available 24/7) for more specific advice. We also have a COVID-19 Symptom Checker available if you'd like some help assessing symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
The truth about face masks
Simply put, masks are the most effective and simplest way to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The virus spreads through droplets and aerosols produced when you speak, cough, or sneeze. Any face covering, such as a bandana or t-shirt helps prevent those particles from going very far. Generally masks with 2 or 3 layers seem to be more effective than masks with a single layer.
Note: Heavier duty respirator masks (N-95) require precise fitting to be effective, and are currently only recommended for healthcare providers treating patients who are likely to be or have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Tips for preventing illness
Wash hands with mild soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Minimize exposure to anyone experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms.
Teach your kiddos to cough and sneeze into the crook of their arm, and to avoid putting their hands in their mouths (especially in public).
Clean and disinfect your home more frequently.
Limit unnecessary travel, and any activity where you might be surrounded by strangers in an area with low ventilation.
Consider getting a flu shot as well as the recommended vaccine for pneumonia (PCV-13) if you haven't already.
Limit unnecessary exposure to others and limit gathering with people outside of your immediate household.
Try to stay at least six feet away from people while in public places.