If my child had a COVID exposure, should they get tested?
This will depend on the type and length of exposure.
Currently, the CDC recommends testing for anyone with a close contact of COVID-19. A close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. If your child is asymptomatic, we recommend waiting a few days from the known contact before coming in for a test. Currently, we are not seeing much child to child spread in daycare classrooms.
What testing is offered at Austex Pediatrics?
We currently offer 2 types of tests. We can do a molecular test (PCR test) through CPL or do a rapid (15 minute) antigen test. Both are nasopharyngeal swabs.
How soon will I get my child’s COVID-19 results?
On average the test results are taking 1-3 days through CPL. The rapid test will take 15 minutes.
Does Austex offer antibody testing?
We can order antibody testing through CPL. You will have to have your blood drawn at a CPL location.
What concerning symptoms should I be on the look out for?
So far, most of our patients who have been positive have had fever, fatigue, headaches and body aches. However, children could have mild symptoms such as mild runny nose or diarrhea as well. Concerning symptoms would be extreme lethargy, severe stomach ache with high fevers, dizziness, rash or fast and labored breathing. Of course, as with any illness, if you are concerned about a symptom, you should call our office or bring your child to be seen.
Should my family quarantine after a known exposure?
If you had a close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes), then the person exposed should quarantine . If any symptoms develop in that person or they receive a positive COVID test then family members that are a close contact should do the same.
Here are quarantine guidelines from the CDC:
For the most up-to-date info from the CDC, go to this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/index.htm