COVID-19 Vaccine Information for children that are 12 - 15 years old: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The virus spreads through the droplets of saliva or nasal discharge that you expel when you cough or sneeze.
While these droplets are airborne, your chances of infection are low unless an infected person coughs or sneezes near you or if you touch a surface a sick person might have touched after sneezing or coughing into their hands.
What are the warning signs of COVID-19?
Like other viral upper respiratory infections, COVID-19 can cause:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
- Body Aches
- Blisters on toes
COVID-19 symptoms usually develop slowly. It’s also possible to have the virus but not have symptoms.
Around 80% of people who get a coronavirus infection recover without any special treatment and only one in six people with COVID-19 become very ill and experience difficulty breathing.
Individuals with a high risk, such as those over the age of 65 or with an existing respiratory condition, should be especially mindful of the risk and practice social distancing and exemplary hygiene.
Are there different types of COVID-19 tests? Yes.
Rapid Antigen Tests
Rapid antigen tests detect the presence of a specific viral antigen. They involve a nasal swab and provides same-day results. This allows you to know if your child has COVID-19 right away.
PCR tests use an oral or nasal swab to detect the presence of viral RNA. Viral RNA develops prior to the onset of noticeable symptoms, so it’s capable of detecting COVID-19 early on. PCR tests take longer to process than rapid antigen tests. Most patients receive their results within three to five days.
Testing a small blood sample lets doctors look for antibodies that a person's body may have made to fight the coronavirus and provide same-day results.
When should I get tested for COVID-19?
A fever is one of the primary warning signs of COVID-19. For example, if your child has seasonal allergies and have a runny nose or sore throat, please don’t panic.
However, if you or a member of your family develop a fever, shortness of breath, and other flu symptoms, like a dry cough, troubled breathing, and bodily aches and pains, schedule a televisisit appointment with us for advice and for testing your child if necessary.
Health care professionals can provide specific information on what you need to do to take care of your your child.
If your child has a fever and other flu symptoms and you want to know whether a COVID-19 test needed, schedule a televisit for medical care and advice.