Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Updated at 4:55pm Jul 1st, 2020

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

Fever

Fever

Cough

Cough

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of Breath

The most common symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Sometimes, patients will also experience more severe symptoms like whole body aches, lost of taste or smell, nausea, 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?

First, asses your child and yourself for risk factors. If your child is showing one or more symptoms, you or someone in your house is showing symptoms, if your child has been exposed to someone that has tested positive for the virus, or if your child has been around a large number of individuals outside of your home it might be a good idea for your whole house to get tested.

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

When should I be concerned?

Symptoms + Exposure

This means there are signs of illness (fever or respiratory problems including cough, wheezing, or trouble breathing) AND you’ve come in contact with someone known to have the virus.

Symptoms + Large Groups

This means there are signs of illness (fever AND respiratory problems including cough, wheezing, or trouble breathing) AND your child has recently been in contact with a large group of people you don't know, especially indoors. This could be in an airplane, a restaurant, or store.

Symptoms + History of Illness

This means there are signs of illness (fever AND respiratory problems including cough, wheezing, or trouble breathing) AND your child has a history of illness that might suppress their immune system. This includes diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and more. Contact your pediatrician if you are unsure if your child's medical history might indicate a suppressed immune system.

Are children more at risk?

There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. Most confirmed cases of COVID-19 have occurred in adults, and while infections in children have been reported the severity of their symptoms seems to be much less than those of adults.

Is there a vaccine or treatment?

There is no COVID-19 vaccine at this time, nor are there any approved drugs specifically targeted at this virus.

What about MIS-C?

MIS-C stands for multisystem inflammatory condition in children. It is a rare but serious cluster of symptoms that seems to have an association with COVID-19 though not all patients with MIS-C test positive for the virus. Children with MIS-C become very ill with symptoms of whole body inflammation including high/prolonged fever, rash, pale skin, and will be very sleepy or exhibit low levels of response to verbal or physical cues. Read more about MIS-C.

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.

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 keep gatherings to less than 10 people

Try to stay at least six feet away from people while in public places.