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COVID-19 in Children and Teens

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COVID-19 IN CHILDREN AND TEENS

Children & teens can get COVID-19.

While fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Children, like adults, who have COVID-19 but have no symptoms (“asymptomatic”) can still spread the virus to others.

Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. They might require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die.

CDC and partners are investigating a rare but serious medical condition associated with COVID-19 in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). We do not yet know what causes MIS-C and who is at increased risk for developing it.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms.

Pay particular attention to:
-Fever (temperature 100.4 °F or higher)
-Sore throat
-New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for a child with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, see if there is a change from their usual cough)
-Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
-New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases