Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

You have questions. Here are reliable answers.

The COVID-19 Virus
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
How does COVID-19 spread?
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

The Vaccine that Protects against the COVID-19 Virus
What do I need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine?
Information about COVID-19 vaccine
Information and Resources on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines
How does an mRNA vaccine work?
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?
Vaccine Eligibility in Illinois
AAP: About the COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I see all locations offering COVID-19 vaccine and sign up to receive the vaccine?

If you have COVID or Symptoms of COVID
When to be tested for COVID-19
Where can my child and I get tested?
Do you have symptoms of COVID-19 (Isolation)?
Are you positive for COVID-19?
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?

What if I have been exposed?
Have you been exposed to COVID-19 (Quarantine)?
What if I am sick or caring for someone who is sick?

Holidays and Travel
Can we safely travel? 
Is it safe to gather for the Holidays? 
What about the holidays?

How to Safely Care for Others
Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Caring for Young Children
What if I am sick or caring for someone who is sick?

School/Daycare/Sports Planning

Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
What if my child has/had COVID-19 and plays sports?

Other Concerns
Has my hand sanitizer been recalled?
What is Lakeview Pediatrics doing to keep the office and patients safe?

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: https://www.chicago-psychotherapy.com/cp-blog/2021/12/2/helping-families-prepare-children-for-their-covid-19-vaccines.  

Pediatricians Answer Questions About COVID-19 and Children 

Find new Ask the Pediatrician videos on HealthyChildren.org 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.