Children and staff with seasonal allergies or other COVID-19-like symptoms related to pre-existing conditions don’t need to stay home if their symptoms are what they normally experience (e.g. itchy eyes, runny nose). They may return or stay in the child care setting and no assessment or note is needed from a health care provider.
If they experience any new or unexplained symptoms, they should assess if they have any of the key symptoms of COVID-19 which include:
- difficulty breathing (in small children, this can look like breathing fast or working hard to breathe)
- loss of sense of smell or taste
- nausea and vomiting
If children and staff have only one of the key symptoms without fever or difficulty breathing, children and staff can monitor at home for 24 hours. If symptoms improve, they can return to the child care facility without further assessment.
If symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing, or two or more of the key symptoms, or if after 24 hours, symptoms remain the same or get worse, seek a health assessment by calling 8-1-1- or a primary care provider, like a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Remember, if you think your child is ill, please keep them at home.