It is important not to panic. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) appears to generally cause mild illness in children.
It is important not to panic. Your child can only get
infected if they come into close contact with someone with novel coronavirus
who has symptoms of infection (cough, difficulty in breathing or fever). Close contact is defined as being within 2 metres of that person
for 15 minutes or more. People without symptoms do not appear to transmit
infection to others. Reassuringly, novel coronavirus appears to only cause mild
illness in children. So far, almost all severe cases have been in adults with
weakened immune systems and in elderly people with medical conditions such as
heart problems or lung disease. Children with heart and lung problems are at risk of getting more severe disease.
1) The reason that you've been brought to the hospital is to test you for a tiny germ that so small that you can't see it. We don't think that it will make you very poorly but we don't want it to spread to other people
2) Although the people doing the testing look scary, they are just normal people underneath the funny mask and clothes:
3) They will gently swab your nose and throat. It might feel a little uncomfortable but it won't hurt. You usually won't require any blood tests.
4) Once you've been tested, it's very likely that you'll be able to go straight back home. When you're at home, it's really important that you regularly wash your hands and make sure you cover your mouth when you cough and nose when you sneeze - and throw the tissues straight in the bin afterwards.
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