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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Families

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Families from Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Updated 03.15.2020

Best Practices to Keep Your Children Healthy:

  • Hand Hygiene: Frequent Handwashing with Soap and Water or hand sanitizer; Avoid Touching Your Face or Eyes
  • Social Distancing: Avoid public spaces like playgrounds, restaurants, churches, and movie theatres; Maintain 3-6 feet of distance from others; Avoid shaking or touching hands
  • Around the Home: Clean Frequently Touched Surfaces (counters, bathroom sinks, doorknobs, etc.)

For Children with Symptoms of Respiratory Illness:

What are signs and symptoms of respiratory illness?

  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sore Throat

What should I do if my child is showing these signs and symptoms?

  • Home quarantine your child (do not leave the house or yard) until they show no symptoms for 72 hours;
  • Avoid close contact with high-risk populations (people 60 years or older or anyone with chronic diseases or respiratory illness);
  • Continue implementing the Best Practices listed above; and
  • Contact your regular Children’s Hospital primary care healthcare provider with concerns

For Children with COVID-19 Exposure

(Children who live with, have had physical contact with, or who have been exposed to secretions of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19)

If your child has no symptoms of respiratory illness…

Keep your child at home for 14 days –

  • Your child may leave the home for short intervals (walk in the neighborhood/park), but
  • Avoid contact with other individuals (i.e., playgrounds); and
  • Continue implementing the Best Practices listed above.

If your child is showing symptoms of respiratory illness…

Begin home quarantining your child for at least 14 days AND until child has no symptoms for 72 hours;

Call Children’s Hospital New Orleans Virtual Care line at 504-837-7760 for further guidance. It may be necessary to test your child for COVID-19.

Note: As of March 15th, COVID-19 testing is not widely available in our community.


Do I Need to Get My Child Tested for COVID-19?

Most children do not need to be tested. Testing is recommended if your child is displaying symptoms of respiratory illness AND has had a known close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Call 504-837-7760 for expert guidance from a Children’s Hospital New Orleans Healthcare professional. Our team is available Monday through Friday (8 am -1 0 pm) and Saturday and Sunday (10 am - 6 pm).