Basic information to keep everyone healthy
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, cough, and aches. The illness can progress to shortness of breath and complications from pneumonia. Symptoms may also include nausea with vomiting and diarrhea. Although children seem to be the least likely to develop symptoms, they still need to avoid close contact with others, especially vulnerable people.
If anyone in your family, including your child, is sick, keep them at home and separate from the rest of your family as much as possible. If you have any of these symptoms, please stay home and call your doctor. If you have a fever or cough put on a mask before going to the doctor. Let them know your symptoms when you call. If you need to see a healthcare provider and don’t have insurance, call Valley Connections at 1-888-334- 1000. If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 911. If you are over 60, have a chronic medical condition, or are pregnant put your own health first. Refrain from taking care of other people's children if possible. Social distancing helps slow down the spread of disease. Social distancing means staying 6 feet or at least an arm's length away from others.
Simple hygiene habits will reduce the spread of the disease. Make sure your children:
- Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash their hands.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (enough time to sing the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice). Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Don't share food, water bottles, utensils, or cups.
What if someone in our gathering develops symptoms? Does my child need to quarantine?
If the symptomatic person isn't a confirmed case of COVID-19, your child does not need to quarantine, but you should monitor for symptoms. If your child develops a fever, coughing, or shortness of breath, separate them from others and call your healthcare provider.
If the symptomatic person is a confirmed COVID-19 case, your child and anyone else who's had close contact with the case should quarantine for 14 days, monitor symptoms, and notify your healthcare provider if symptoms develop.
- Santa Clara County Public Health Website http://sccphd.org/coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus COVID-19 Information www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Coronavirus COVID-19 Information www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019
- World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus COVID-19 Information www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019