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Is my child at risk for coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The following is based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as of May 7, 2020.
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Published
May 8, 2020
Dr. Robert Darzynkiewicz
Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician
Dr. Rob has over 13 years of ER experience, the last two as the Pediatric Emergency Director. He believes technology can improve healthcare access and quality for students and their families.

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If your child has trouble breathing, has blue lips, is not acting normally or looks very tired (lethargic), or anything that makes you very worried, bring them to the emergency room right away, or call 911.

The following is based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as of May 7, 2020.

Is my child at risk for having coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Good news for children. Most children over 1 year of age seem to have mild cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). So if your child has a fever, cough, runny nose or diarrhea it will be hard to tell if your child does or does not have coronavirus (COVID-19). The bad news is that older people seem to do worse with this virus. Even though it may be difficult, having children spend less time with grandparents may help the older people in your family stay healthier. If grandparents or adults over 65 years old are the primary caretakers of your child, try your best to keep them safe: wash hands constantly, limit your child’s contact with people outside the home, and when they do leave the home try to avoid children touching things and then touching their faces.

Wearing facemasks is now recommended by the CDC (for those older than 2 years). They should be worn in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas with a high number of COVID cases. It is believed 1 out of every 4 patients with Coronavirus may not have any symptoms, so to prevent spread, masks can be a great help.

If you feel your child has symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have been in contact with someone who you know has COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, seek medical care.

You can look for your local health department here for more information, including how many cases of coronavirus have occurred in your local area, and where to seek care or testing if you are at high risk for coronavirus. Most regular doctor offices are not able to test for coronavirus at this time, so it is important to check your local health department website first to find out where to go.

Should I see anyone about my child’s illness?

Children often have mild colds and coughs that you can safely treat them at home. To limit the chance that your child gets the coronavirus, we recommend you call your doctor first before going to the clinic. If you don’t have a doctor, call your local clinic, urgent care center, or emergency room before you go as they may be able to help you over the phone instead of an in-person visit.

Use the chart below to help determine your child’s risk level for having coronavirus (COVID-19). This may help you decide whether to seek out testing.

Remember, if your child has trouble breathing, has blue lips, is not acting normally or looks very tired (lethargic), or anything that makes you very worried, bring them to the emergency room right away, or call 911.

Is my child at risk for having coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Children often have mild colds and coughs so that you can safely treat them at home. To limit the chance that your child gets the coronavirus, we recommend you call your doctor first before going to the clinic. If you don’t have a doctor, call your local clinic, urgent care center, or emergency room before you go as they may be able to help you over the phone instead of an in-person visit.

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The Hazel provider recommended he get a COVID-19 test and shared resources to help find a testing center in their area. The father was eager to help his son feel better and appreciated being able to quickly get answers and advice.
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After the visit, the Hazel provider reached out to the school nurse to check on the student’s injury. The nurse shared that the student’s ankle was improving, and she appreciated the follow-up.
Parent Story
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The provider was able to send the refill to a local pharmacy within one day. The mother was happy that her son would have the medicine he needed. She was also amazed at how easy and fast the entire process was.
Student Story
A student was coughing and sneezing a lot, but her family wasn’t sure if she was sick or had allergies. Thankfully, her school used Hazel, and they could get an answer.

After talking with the school nurse and the Hazel provider about her symptoms and medical history, the student was happy to find out it was likely allergies. She got some medicine and returned to class feeling better.
Student Story
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Parent Story
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The Hazel doctor listened as the mother shared her concerns and frustrations. Hazel reassured her that they would find the right services for her child. After the initial visit, the Hazel doctor partnered with the school counselor and the student’s mother to identify resources and counseling services that are a good fit.
Student Story
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Hazel called home, and the student’s mother confirmed her diagnosis. They discussed how to help manage the child’s stress, and Hazel offered to connect the child with counseling resources through the school. The mother was very grateful for the guidance and was eager to get her child help during a stressful time.
Counselor Story
Hazel Health has been integral this year in getting our students the mental health services needed to help them live healthy lives.  The staff has been attentive, prompt, and resourceful. There is an evident sense of caring for the work they do and the students they serve. It has been a pleasure partnering with Hazel Health in providing mental wellness for our Garland ISD families.