Coronavirus Information Center Connecticut Children’s is proud to be your family’s trusted pediatric expert during the coronavirus pandemic, and every day. Here’s the information you need to navigate COVID-19, including support for the new challenges you may be facing as a parent. COVID-19 Vaccine In April, individuals ages 16 and up in Connecticut will be eligible for the vaccine. We want to make sure your family has all the information you need to prepare. Learn more about vaccinations at Connecticut Children’s. Upcoming Appointment Information Don’t delay your child’s care! It’s more important than ever to protect your child’s health – and that includes making sure they’re caught up on all of their procedures, surgeries and appointments. Call your child’s specialty clinic to schedule today. Whether you’re connecting with us over Video Visit or at one of our convenient locations close to home, you can count on Connecticut Children’s to keep your child safe and sound. Learn about our enhanced safety program, Safe and Sound. Visitor Restrictions and Screening To keep our patients and communities safe from coronavirus, Connecticut Children’s has put important visitor restrictions and screening measures in place. Before coming to any of our locations, please review our current visitor restrictions. Review visitor restrictions >> If you have an appointment coming up, visit covid.connecticutchildrens.org to answer COVID-19 screening questions in advance. Answer COVID-19 screening questions >> Video Visits Connecticut Children’s offers Video Visits across more than 30 specialties, helping to protect our team members and patient families (and making your child’s care even more convenient!). If you have an existing appointment you would like to convert to a Video Visit, or would like to make a new Video Visit appointment, please contact your specialty office. Learn more about Video Visits >> Online Tools to Keep Your Family Safe We know that right now, options like contactless check-in, Video Visits and mobile messaging with your child’s doctors are about so much more than convenience – they’re about safety. That’s why Connecticut Children’s offers online tools to make your child’s visits as safe and easy as possible. To take advantage of all of these tools, sign up for MyChart today. Learn more about MyChart>> Get Answers to All of Your Coronavirus Questions We know that parents and families may have many questions regarding the coronavirus. To ensure there is a trusted one-stop resource, we have launched the Connecticut Children’s Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline. It’s open 24/7, staffed by our friendly and knowledgeable clinicians. COVID-19 Hotline: 833.226.2362 Resources for Families Our experts share helpful answers and advice about coronavirus on the Connecticut Children’s blog, Growing Healthy. Check out all of our COVID-19 posts. Recommended External Resources World Health Organization (WHO) Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Dashboard Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Connecticut’s Official State Website What are the symptoms of coronavirus? Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In milder cases, it can present like a common cold. For more information, read our coronavirus FAQs. Guidance From Our Experts Don't Freak Out - Pediatric Experts Discuss Impact To Children Courtney Rowe, MD, a pediatric urologist, and Grace Hong, APRN, a nurse practitioner in Infectious Disease at Connecticut Children’s, talk about the coronavirus, specifically how the disease doesn’t seem to be impacting kids in the same serious ways as adults. “That doesn’t mean that if you’re young or if you have young kids, that you can ignore this virus,” says Dr. Rowe. – watch video Fox61 Coverage of Connecticut Children's COVID-19 HotlineFox61 shares Connecticut Children’s press conference regarding coronavirus and the hotline for the community to call with their coronavirus questions. – watch video Fox61 Coverage - How Parents and Teachers Should Talk to Kids About CoronavirusRobert Keder, MD, a developmental pediatrician at Connecticut Children’s, offers advice on how parents and teachers can talk with kids about coronavirus. – watch video Connecticut Children's Providers Discuss CoronavirusRobert Keder, MD, a developmental pediatrician, and Anand Sekaran, MD, division head of hospital medicine, speak with various media outlets about coronavirus. – watch video Star 99.9 Connecticut Children’s Medical Minute Connecticut Children’s and Star 99.9 have partnered to bring you the Connecticut Children’s Medical Minute, so you can learn helpful tips and info on your children’s health and well being. Be sure to listen to Star 99.9 each Monday at 5:20pm to hear this week’s Star 99.9 Connecticut Children’s Medical Minute. Click here to listen to past interviews for helpful advice from our pediatric experts. Expert: Coronavirus confinement causing ‘toxic stress’ for CT children, parentsThe Greater New Milford Spectrum article feathers Robert D. Keder, MD, as they discuss the stress children feel during social distancing. Read the article here.