Should your child get tested for COVID-19 ?
Teens and pediatrics with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested immediately. This is very crucial for those who are applying for schools and universities. It’s also recommended if they are playing sports or applying for jobs.
Testing is highly recommended before medical procedures as well.
So, What does close contact really mean ?
Close contact means having been within 6 feet of a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
What are the types of COVID-19 tests ?
There are three main types of COVID-19 tests.
- Molecular tests
- Antigen tests
Both tests are used to check for active infections.
while antibody tests show whether a person has been infected in the past. Your child’s doctor can explain what each test does and when tests can be most useful.
Many test locations can provide results within one to three days; some provide same-day results.
After your child has a test, it’s important for you to discuss results with the doctor and learn what to do next, according to the academy.
Anyone with a positive antibody test should continue following safety measures such as wearing face coverings, use sanitizers and social distancing.
Antibody tests should not be used to make decisions about entering or returning to group settings like schools, child care or dorms.