FAQs About COVID-19 Testing
1. What should we consider when making a decision about returning to daycare or going to camp?
We know that certain camps are requiring COVID-19 PCR testing for their campers, which require obtaining a nasal swab from your child. Please be aware that we do not perform these tests in our office.
Also per the Governor's Executive Order for Overnight Summer Camps, your child's negative test result must be received WITHIN 7 days before the start of the camp.
For more information about COVID-19 testing and a list of testing locations, please refer to the CHOA website:
2. What do I do if my child was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVD-19 OR to someone who thinks they have COVID-19?
It is very important that your child quarantines at home for 14 days from the last possible exposure to COVID-19 and remains at home during this time. Check her temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms. Others in the house should remain at home as much as possible, avoid public settings, and practice social distancing.
If you have your child tested for COVID, remember that this test only tells you if the nasal swab detected virus in your child at the time of the test. So, even if the test result is negative, you MUST quarantine for the full 14 days.
If your child develops fever or symptoms during this time, then you should follow guidance below (what to do if test positive) even if your child was not tested.
3. If my child tests positive for COVID-19, when can she be around other people or leave isolation?
If your child tests positive AND has symptoms, she must remain isolated at home until the following:
- No fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine), AND
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, any cough is significantly improved), AND
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first started.
If your child tests positive and does NOT have symptoms, she must remain isolated at home until at least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 test AND no subsequent symptoms have developed.
And if your child tests positive (with or without symptoms), she should separate herself from the rest of the people in the house as much as possible, and the others in the household must then quarantine for 14 days.
4) Should I get COVID-19 Antibody testing on my child?
We all want to know if we have COVID Antibodies, but at this time, we do not recommend obtaining antibody testing for most children. The accuracy of the tests in children is unknown so there can be many false positive results. And more importantly, we do not know what having COVID-19 Antibodies means for future immunity against the virus.