What to Do If Your Child Exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms
People with COVID-19 exhibit different symptoms and some don’ exhibit any symptoms at all. Children can get coronavirus. Most children with COVID-19 have mild, cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, cough, and a fever. Children with underlying medical conditions, like asthma, weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease, and heart conditions, may be at a higher risk for more severe illness with COVID-19. If you see signs of coronavirus in your child, visit University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX for coronavirus testing as soon as possible.
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread through droplets in the air from an infected person. These droplets can enter the eyes, nose, or mouth. At University Urgent Care, we offer diagnostic testing for anyone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19.
What are coronavirus symptoms?
People infected with coronavirus can experience different symptoms or be asymptomatic. Some of the most common symptoms of coronavirus include:
Shortness of breath
Chills or shivering
Sudden loss of taste or smell
When your child is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, they need to be tested immediately at our urgent care center in Fort Worth, TX. University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhood areas.
COVID-19 testing in Fort Worth, TX
We offer two different diagnostic tests to test for coronavirus in Fort Worth, TX:
Viral testing: The viral test can detect an existing infection. We use nasal swab testing to collect secretions from the back of your child’s nose and upper throat. This test is best for anyone who may be currently infected and contagious with the virus. The virus can be detected 2 – 3 days after exposure. Most of our patients receive their results in 3 – 5 days.
Antibody testing: Antibody testing determines if someone previously had COVID-19 based on the antibodies in their blood. We will take a blood sample looking for immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. The presence of these tells us if your body has fought off coronavirus and if you are a carrier of COVID-19. This test cannot detect antibodies until at least ten days after exposure to COVID-19. Results occur within 2 – 4 days. Most major insurance providers cover this test for free.
At University Urgent Care, we perform this testing to patients of all ages who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. After visiting our urgent care clinic, you don’t have to return for your results as our staff will call you with them. It’s recommended that you and your family self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
How to protect your children from contracting coronavirus
Following preventative measures help you to stay healthy. Clean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Also, stay away from people who are sick. Always remain at least six feet from others. Children two years and older should always wear a mask over their nose and mouth when in public. Clean and disinfect your home daily, especially high-touch surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, toilets, and sinks. Make sure that your children are up to date with their well visits and immunizations. Limit in-person playtime with other children and try to connect virtually instead of in-person to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Fort Worth, TX.
Get your child tested for coronavirus at our college urgent care clinic
At University Urgent Care, our board-certified doctors offer COVID-19 testing for patients of all ages. We work hard to maintain cleanliness and always follow all CDC guidelines closely. Conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX, University Urgent Care serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods. Our staff also offers virtual health visits where we can treat patients with colds, the flu, and infections by sending their prescriptions directly to their local pharmacy.