As the pandemic continues, it is important that we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. Not only will this help to protect you and your family from COVID-19 but also other contagious viruses (influenza, RSV, etc.). The following information has been obtained from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and provides a list of symptoms for COVID-19 as well as exclusion guidelines. If you or anyone in your family is concerned that you may have COVID-19 or symptoms, please stay home and contact your health care provider.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Symptoms can include
This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.
Home-Based Symptom Screening
Caregivers: If your child has any of the following symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others.
Check your child for these symptoms before they go to school. (Check a symptom only if it has changed from usual or baseline health.)
- Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Sore throat
- Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (for students with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- New onset loss of taste or smell
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
If your child HAS any of the symptoms above:
- Keep them home from school
- Consider whether your child needs to see a healthcare provider and possible COVID-19 testing. CDC has a Coronavirus Self Checker* available in its website, which may help you make decisions about seeking medical care for possible COVID-19
- Contact your child’s school and report that your child is sick. The school may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school.