How Can You Tell if Your Kid Just Has a Cold or Needs a COVID Test?


With summer giving way to fall and flu season in the offing, many anxious parents are wondering how to tell if their kid just has a cold or should take a COVID-19 test. With the virus mimicking so many other typical childhood illnesses, it can be really hard to tell, reportsThe New York Times. But "parents know their children the best," says pediatric disease specialist Meg Fisher. So if your child always gets allergies this time of year, it’s probably safe to assume that’s what’s causing their runny nose. But if your child’s symptoms seem out of the ordinary, it’s best to talk to a doctor. Broadly speaking, a general rule of thumb is that if your child has a fever combined with other COVID symptoms--like a cough, runny nose or abdominal pain--then you should call your pediatrician and discuss the possibility of getting your child tested. Read more here