Anytime a kid is sick, theres an abrupt rearrangement of plans. You might keep them house from school, or perhaps abort work yourself. In 2020, theres a new consideration: where can I get this kid a COVID test?
As health reporter Sarah Kliff just recently kept in mind on Twitter, thats not an easy concern to answer. Her very first surprise was that Walgreens just evaluates adults, not kids, for COVID. (Its the same at CVS and Rite Aid, by the way). Her city had totally free testing websites, but those websites just accepted kids who were at least 6 years old.
Reading her thread, I realized that I do not know where I would go for a test if one of my children required one. You have to visit their sites or call them individually to see whether they check children, or whether they even check the basic public at all.
The CDC suggests contacting your state or regional health department, and supplies this listing of local health departments. Its still difficult to discover out what screening sites are near you, and more hard still if youre looking for one that takes children, particularly young kids.
I took this as a little exercise in fact-finding, and started googling to see where I would take my child if they needed a test. I didnt create a response, although I do have a list of places I might call. Its a sad state for a country to be in during a pandemic, at a time when schools are reopening. My kids school says they will close if there are a particular variety of cases in the structure, but if its difficult to even get a test for a kid, the number of cases will they truly end up learning about?
I took this as a little exercise in fact-finding, and began googling to see where I would take my child if they required a test. My kids school says they will close if there are a specific number of cases in the building, however if its difficult to even get a test for a kid, how lots of cases will they really end up understanding about?
Reading her thread, I realized that I do not understand where I would go for a test if one of my kids needed one. You have to visit their websites or call them separately to see whether they evaluate children, or whether they even evaluate the general public at all.
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Theyll know which screening websites are offered locally, and whether you need an appointment or a referral. I d say if your kid has an appointment coming up, ask now where you would get them evaluated if you needed to.