Keeping Kids and Family Healthy

Keeping yourself and your family healthy are key steps to having a successful school year. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 requires extra precautions that can cause added stress and anxiety, especially as children adjust to a new way of learning. Our experts share advice and tips on recognizing symptoms, staying active, eating well and more.

What To Do If Your Child Is Sick

In the vast majority of children, COVID-19 presents the same as the common cold virus. Unless your child is experiencing respiratory difficulties (such as having trouble breathing) or has had unprotected exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 positive person, the illnesses can be difficult to tell apart.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Symptomatic with no direct exposure to a COVID-19 positive person: Treat your child as if they have the common cold and have them evaluated by their pediatrician to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary. Have them wash hands regularly, social distance and wear a mask. Avoid visiting high-risk people, such as grandparents, for at least 10 days.
  • Symptomatic with direct exposure to a COVID-19 positive person: Have your child evaluated by their pediatrician to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary. Quarantine at home for 14 days. Review the return-to-school policy for COVID-19 at your child’s school. Most children with a positive COVID-19 test are diagnosed within 7 days of experiencing symptoms and are no longer considered contagious by day 10.
  • Asymptomatic with direct exposure to a COVID-19 positive person: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a 14-day quarantine at home. Monitor your child closely to see if symptoms develop. Have them wash hands regularly, social distance and wear a mask. If symptoms develop, have your child evaluated by their pediatrician to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary. Review the return-to-school policy for COVID-19 at your child’s school.

COVID-19 Testing for Kids

If you suspect your child has symptoms or has been exposed to COVID-19, request an appointment today. Orlando Health Physician Associates provides convenient COVID-19 testing to patients ages 6 months to 18-years-old. Your child will need to first see an Orlando Health Physician Associates provider in person at one of our offices or through a virtual-visit appointment to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary.

The testing site is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and is located at:

Orlando Health Physician Associates
8500 Commodity Circle
Orlando, FL 32819

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