Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Last updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM CT

Urgent Care for Children is now performing curbside COVID-19 testing for patients ages 0 to 21, which will be sent to a third-party lab. To schedule coronavirus testing, please call our COVID-19 hotline at (205) 848-2273.

As coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to spread, the disease is at the forefront of most minds. Urgent Care for Children’s Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, Dr. Allury Arora, is here to answer your most frequently asked questions about coronavirus and provide tips on how to best protect your family.

How does COVID-19 commonly present itself?

COVID-19 presents itself with mild to moderate symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear within two to fourteen days after exposure.

Can Urgent Care for Children test for COVID-19?

Yes, Urgent Care for Children is now offering testing for COVID-19 in patients ages 0 to 21. We encourage parents/patients to call their local Urgent Care for Children for additional details.

How can I best protect my child from contracting COVID-19?

Three of the best ways to protect your child from contracting COVID-19 is by following the basics of hand-washing, avoiding large crowds unless necessary and limiting travel to areas where COVID-19 has been identified.

What should I do if I am concerned that my child has COVID-19?

Parents should approach it as they would any other given time. If your child is breathing okay and their activity level is normal, please do supportive and symptomatic care and stay at home.

Self-quarantine is highly recommended. There is no known treatment for COVID-19 at this time.

However, please call 911 or take your child to the nearest pediatric emergency room if this seems to be a life-threatening emergency.

Can I come to Urgent Care for Children if I am concerned?

Yes, we first recommend that you call your closest Urgent Care for Children location to schedule your child’s curbside testing to avoid additional exposure.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

The most reliable source to follow is the Centers for Disease Control.

UPDATE: This is a changing situation and we will provide updates as our plans develop.