COVID-19 Guidance for FamiliesMar 16, 2020COVID-19 guidance families from Children’s Hospital New Orleans. What is social-distancing, when is a fever worrisome, what to do if your child shows symptoms, and more.Best Practices to Keep Your Children Healthy:- Hand Hygiene: Frequent hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer. - Avoid touching your face or eyes. - Social distancing: Avoid public spaces like playgrounds, restaurants, churches, and movie theaters. - 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 IllnessWhat are signs and symptoms of respiratory illness?- Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit 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. - Contact your regular 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 15, 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.