What is COVID-19?


An outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in China and has now been detected in other countries, including the U.S. The disease has been named COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The situation with COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. The CDC offers updated information about the spread of the virus in the U.S., including a current risk assessment.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?


COVID-19 usually appears as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you think your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing the above symptoms, please call your PediaTrust pediatrician and they will advise you on next steps and will coordinate your care.

What are the symptoms of Cold and Flu?


If your child is experiencing the below symptoms, it may be either the common cold or influenza:


  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sneezing


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

If you think your child has a cold or the flu, stay home and contact your pediatrician’s office to schedule a virtual visit:

What can I do at home?


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website for current updates: