During the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, parents are thinking twice before sending their child to school or daycare with a cough or runny nose. The list of possible symptoms of COVID-19 includes cough, shortness of breath, fever, and loss of taste and smell, but parents should exercise caution if their child is exhibiting any symptoms. “Right now, the recommendation is to keep your child home from daycare and communicate with your primary care doctor about the next course of action,” says Sara Siddiqui, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone and NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group.
If your child does receive a positive COVID-19 test result, they should isolate for 10 days, and all primary contacts should quarantine for 14 days. “After 10 days, kids can return to school, as long as they’re feeling better and have been fever-free for 3 days,” says Dr. Siddiqui.
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