Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Pediatric Patients Near Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL
If your child is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus come to Night Lite Pediatrics as we are now offering rapid COVID-19 testing. Visit our clinic today or inquire about our virtual visit options. Call now for more information.
Amidst the tension of a global pandemic, the last thing parents need to worry about it is getting their kids tested. At Night Lite Pediatrics, we take the stress out of taking care of your children. If your children are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, contact our office today to book rapid testing and get your children’s health back on track!
How vulnerable are children to COVID-19?
As the new coronavirus spreads, many parents are worried about keeping their kids safe. As it stands currently, children seem to be surprisingly less vulnerable to severe infection.
However, scientists suspect children could play a key role in transmitting the disease. Reports have shown children have the virus in their secretions for up to 22 days. So it’s still vital to try to prevent them from getting it and spreading it to others.
Only 2% of the patients in a review of nearly 45,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in China were children, and there were no reported deaths in children under 10. (In contrast, there have been 136 pediatric deaths from influenza in the US this flu season.) Three percent of COVID-19 cases occurred in people over 80, while 87% were in those 30 to 79 years-old.
About 8% of cases were in people in their 20s. Those 10 to 19 years old accounted for 1% of cases and those under 10 also accounted for only 1%. A separate study looking at the number of infants hospitalized for COVID-19 in China between Dec. 8 and Feb. 6 found only nine infected babies.
What COVID-19 tests do you offer at Night Lite Pediatrics?
Children are tested in the same way that adults are tested for the novel coronavirus disease, and testing for COVID-19 is minimally invasive. The two standard types of COVID-19 tests are the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, also known as the nucleic-based acid or molecular test, and the antibody or serology tests. With the PCR test, nasopharyngeal swabs are taken from nasal secretions in the nose and back of the throat to detect the COVID-19 antigen. On the other hand, the serology test draws a small amount of blood from the patient’s arm to analyze it for the presence of antibodies. When the COVID-19 antigen enters your immune system, it triggers a response from your immune system to develop necessary antibodies to neutralize the virus. Since the PCR test detects the antigen, it is better suited to diagnose COVID-19. In contrast, the antibody test helps determine if the patient has already been infected or has recovered from COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are:
- dry cough
Less common symptoms include:
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- loss of taste or smell
- rashes on the skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
Serious symptoms include:
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- chest pain or pressure
- loss of speech or movement
If your child is showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms, don’t panic! At Night Lite Pediatrics, we are here to take care of your loved ones. We have a clean and safe facility to test your children. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!