What is the quarantine process for families if children test positive for COVID-19?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – As children return to class, their risk of contracting COVID-19 – especially for young unvaccinated children – will increase.
As per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a student is exposed to COVID-19, they will be notified of quarantine, to get tested for the virus, and then to isolate themselves if they are diagnosed positively. .
Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr Mysheika Roberts says she knows quarantine is difficult for young children, but there are ways to mitigate the spread while being there for your child.
“Those who can should wear a mask around this young person when they have to be with them, and you should limit the number of people who have to be with that person,” Roberts said. “So, as best you can, this person should stay in their room or bedroom as often as they can.”
She also said families should make sure to clean the bathroom after the sick person uses it. Also, she said, when eating people should separate, move to different parts of the house or outside if possible.
“They just have to be creative and try to do their best to keep the individuals separate,” Roberts said.
With the highly contagious delta variant spreading across the United States, children are filling hospital intensive care beds instead of classrooms in record numbers, even more than at the height of the pandemic. Many are too young to receive the vaccine, which is only available for ages 12 and older.
While COVID-19 pediatric hospitalization rates are lower than adults, they have increased in recent weeks, reaching 0.41 per 100,000 children aged 0 to 17, from 0.31 per 100,000, the previous record set in mid-January, according to an August report. 13 CDC Report.
The delta surge is yet another test for schools across the country, which are dealing with students who have fallen behind in school due to distance learning or who have developed mental health issues as a result of the upheaval.
Epidemics have already occurred in reopened schools in the South which face resistance to wearing masks.
The CDC advises that if children are sick or show symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home from school or daycare and a health care provider should be called for a test.
“Staying home when you are sick with COVID-19 prevents COVID-19 infections from entering schools and early care and education programs and prevents the spread to others,” the CDC said.
Below are the CDC’s guidelines for quarantine and isolation:
CDC Quarantine Guidelines:
- Stay home for 14 days after the last contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at a higher risk of getting very sick.
CDC Isolation Guidelines:
- Watch your symptoms. If you have any emergency warning sign (including difficulty breathing), see an emergency doctor immediately.
- Stay in a room separate from other household members, if possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Avoid contact with other members of the house and pets.
- Do not share personal household items, such as cups, towels, and utensils.
- Wear a mask when around other people if possible.