Watch pediatric infectious disease specialist Melanie Wellington, MD answer questions about COVID-19 and kids.
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If you have a child who is fully vaccinated, and it’s been two weeks since their last vaccine, their chances of getting infected with COVID-19 are very low.
Everyone still needs to be careful and practice safety measures, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Continue safety measures - wear your mask in public places, social distance six feet away from others, go outdoors when you can, wash your hands, and stay home if you’re feeling sick.
COVID-19 symptoms in kids can be very subtle, something as little as a cough. It’s best to keep them at home until you know what’s going on.
Anybody living in your house with an infected person should be in quarantine. If you can, the person who is sick should minimize contact with other family members and try to stay in a separate room. If you have to share the same air space, everyone should wear a mask. We also recommend opening windows, cleaning high-touched surfaces more often, and not allowing pets near the infected person.