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Infectious Disease

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Kids

Kids aren’t just mini adults. In fact, they’re incredibly different. That’s why they need incredibly different care.

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If you believe your child needs immediate attention and you have concerns for a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Not sure what counts as urgent and what's an emergency when your child is sick or injured? When it can't wait, know where to take your kids.

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What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19, is the infectious illness caused by the new coronavirus that was first discovered in late 2019. Due to the wide spread of the virus, COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries across the world, including the United States. Studies show that COVID-19 is more serious for adults over age 65 and people with certain underlying medical conditions than for the average child. However, even healthy children can become sick, some seriously, and can spread COVID-19.

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COVID-19 in kids and teens

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This page was updated on March 31, 2022. Due to the shifting nature of the pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all health and safety guidelines set by your local public health authorities. Reference the CDC, CDPHE and WHO for ongoing updates on COVID-19 and the pandemic.

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Keeping you safe, wherever you are

We're here when you need us with the same safe, high-quality care we've always offered, even during the pandemic. Now, in many cases, you can get that care without even leaving home because we offer virtual visits across every one of our specialties.

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