COVID Testing for Children FAQs

Are the risks of the disease any worse for children than adults?

From the CDC website:
Information about COVID-19 in children is still evolving. The current information suggests that children with confirmed COVID-19 generally had mild symptoms.

However, a small percentage of children have been reported to have more severe illness. Children with serious chronic medical conditions are believed to be at higher risk.

Is it true that kids are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers?

Anyone at an early phase of infection or that is infected but does not have symptoms can play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

Are they a risk to me and my family?

Despite lower risk of serious illness among most children, children with COVID-19-like symptoms should avoid contact with others who might be at higher risk, such as older adults and adults with serious chronic medical conditions.

Who should I follow up with?

If you were tested at our facility, you can contact us with questions about your symptoms and infection.

We encourage you to follow up with your pediatrician. If your pediatrician is unavailable, you can contact our facility or a facility of your choice.

When do I worry about their symptoms?

Symptoms to be concerned about include:
– difficulty breathing
– confusion
– inability to wake up

If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek care immediately at our facility or a facility of your choice.

When can they go back to school / camp / playing w/ other kids?

You can call the COVID-19 hotline at (866) 779-6121.

There is also a schools page on the Florida Department of Health COVID page.

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/schools/