This new virus is wreaking havoc around the world.

Does my child have Coronavirus/COVID-19?

Many people experience cold symptoms or flu symptoms and believe they have coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, but there are additional distinct symptoms for COVID-19. There is a misconception that children or younger people cannot catch it due to a belief that their immune systems are more heightened than the elderly or people with compromised immune systems, but while infection rates are lower, children absolutely can catch coronavirus when exposed.

Along with the cold and flu symptoms, here is the full list of symptoms for coronavirus and we indicate which symptoms in the list are also indicative or possible common cold or flu. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills – Also a symptom for a cold or flu
  • Cough – Also a symptom for a cold or flu
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – Also a symptom for a flu, but with coronavirus, the breathing difficulties are exaggerated and more labored
  • Fatigue – Also a symptom for a flu
  • Muscle or body aches – Also a symptom for a flu
  • Headache – Also a symptom for a cold or flu
  • New loss of taste or smell – Specific coronavirus symptom not indicative of a cold or flu
  • Sore throat – Also a symptom for a flu
  • Congestion or runny nose – Also a symptom for a cold or flu
  • Nausea or vomiting – Also a symptom for a flu
  • Diarrhea – Also a symptom for a flu

COVID-19 is highly contagious but as you can see in the list, almost all of the symptoms could also be identified as a cold or flu symptom. If your child has multiple symptoms, follow the standard procedures for treatment but if you feel as if there may have possibly been an exposure to someone else who had coronavirus, it’s important to get a test done to identify an infection so that the proper steps can be taken for treatment.

If they experience trouble breathing or their chest feels tight or painful, you should seek medical attention right away.

24/7 Pediatric Care Centers are Jacksonville pediatricians, Jacksonville Beach pediatricians, and Fleming Island pediatricians providing care for children from newborn to 18 years. Our 24-hour office also provides services for non-life-threatening illnesses to registered patients 24 hours a day.

24/7 Pediatric Care Centers is not a substitute for Emergency or Trauma-related medical care.
If you feel your child is experiencing a life-threatening event, immediately call 911.