COVID-19 is typically less severe in children, but testing is still important to prevent the virus from spreading. Brittany Glenn, DO, and the team at Cali Kids Urgent Care in Laguna Niguel, California, offer fast access to COVID-19 testing so you can protect your loved ones and your community. To arrange a COVID-19 test for your child, call Cali Kids Urgent Care or book online today.
If your child is showing possible symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact Cali Kids Urgent Care to get them tested. Symptoms could include:
Children may have some or many of these symptoms; the most common are a cough and fever. However, many children infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms at all.
You might want your child to undergo COVID-19 testing even if they have no symptoms if another member of your household or someone they've been in contact with tests positive.
COVID-19 testing is an essential part of the effort to control the spread of this virus through your community. Isolating anyone who has COVID-19 helps keep them from passing the infection on to other people, who could be more vulnerable.
So far, children have had a significantly lower risk of severe complications from COVID-19 compared with adults, but they're not all immune from the disease's effects. If your child has COVID-19, they might not feel especially unwell, but they're just as likely to spread the disease through contact with other people as an adult with severe symptoms.
There are several types of COVID-19 tests:
A viral test identifies a current infection. One type of viral test is the nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), which detects genetic material unique to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). The most well-known of these kinds of tests is the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
Another type of viral test is the antigen test, which detects the presence of a specific virus.
An antibody or serology test looks for antibodies that indicate you had the infection in the past. These tests aren't suitable for diagnosing a current infection.
The Cali Kids Urgent Care team uses the Cepheid® Xpert® Xpress PCR test. This test not only detects SARS-CoV-2, but also flu and human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
To do the Xpert test, your provider inserts a swab into your child's nose or throat to collect a sample. The test results can come back in less than 25 minutes.
To arrange COVID testing for your child call Cali Kids Urgent Care, book an appointment online, or walk-in. No referral is ever needed.