Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Below one can find frequently asked questions that we encounter regularly at Thrive Pediatrics regarding Covid-19. Please review these prior to calling the clinic.
When should I consider testing my child?
-Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
-Close contact (within six feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more) with a person with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19.
-Increased likelihood for exposure (which includes living in or traveling to a community with substantial transmission as defined by the local public health department and described in CDC’s Community Mitigation Framework)
My child was exposed but does not have symptoms. Should I considered getting them tested?
When should I keep my child home from school?
-If they have had NO known exposure to Covid-19 then they can be evaluated in our office to determine the cause of their symptoms.
- If we determine the infection is not Covid-19 then in general kids can return to school 24 hours after fever and significant symptoms like diarrhea or coughing have reduced.
-If they are sick and have had close exposure to Covid-19 (within six feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more) then they need a test done 3-5 days after the exposure. The child should quarantine until they receive a negative test result or until 14 days post exposure and at least 72 hours after the fever has resolved.
I am fully vaccinated and have no Covid-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. What should I do?
-Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children under 12 years of age) should also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result.
-Most fully vaccinated people with no Covid-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendations above.
-Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days following an exposure.
When can I be around other after I had or likely had Covid-19?
-Anyone who has had close contact with someone with Covid-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to the person. THRIVE PROVIDERS MAY MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS CASE BY CASE.
-However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with Covid-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.
-Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of Covid-19. (Fully vaccinated people should still get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
-Someone who has had Covid-19 within the previous three months and
-Has recovered, and
-Remains without Covid-19 symptoms
I think or know I had Covid-19, and I had symptoms:
You can be around others after:
-10 days since symptoms first appeared and
-24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
-Other symptoms of Covid-19 are improving*
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
I tested positive for Covid-19 but has no symptoms:
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive Covid-19 test. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had Covid-19, and I had symptoms.”