Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

You have questions. Here are reliable answers.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
How does COVID-19 spread?
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
What do I need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine?
What are the differences between Moderna and Pfizer for the youngest age group?
When can I get the vaccine if I had recent infection?
Who can get a booster shot and when?
Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?
Where can my child and I get tested?
Have you been exposed to COVID-19 (Quarantine)?
Do you have symptoms of COVID-19 (Isolation)?
Are you positive for COVID-19?
Can we safely travel? 
Is it safe to gather for the Holidays? 
What if I am sick or caring for someone who is sick?
What if I was exposed or might be sick (Quarantine)?
When can I be around others if I tested positive or likely had COVID-19 (Isolation)?
When can I return to daycare if I am sick?
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Has my hand sanitizer been recalled?
What is Lakeview Pediatrics doing to keep the office and patients safe?
What about the holidays?
What if my child has/had COVID-19 and plays sports?
Information about COVID-19 vaccine
How does an mRNA vaccine work?
Everyone 5 years and older can now be vaccinated, what do I need to know?
How can I sign my child who is younger than 12 years old up to be included in COVID-19 vaccine trials?
Vaccine Eligibility in Illinois
Information and Resources on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines
AAP: About the COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
How can anyone over 5 years old sign up for the COVID vaccine at Lurie Children's?
Where can I see all locations offering COVID-19 vaccine and sign up to receive the vaccine?
What Parents Need to Know About the Delta Variant, an article from Lurie Children's Hospital
Can my young child get the vaccine before EUA approval?

Preparing your child for vaccines
Here is a link to the two videos about getting ready for the COVID vaccine that were created in collaboration with Chicago Psychotherapy:  

Pediatricians Answer Questions About COVID-19 and Children 

Find new Ask the Pediatrician videos on featuring Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP, Yvonne Maldonado, MD, FAAP, and Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP, addressing common questions about kids and COVID. The videos were produced through a partnership between AAP and the Kaiser Family Foundation Greater Than COVID public information response.