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Health Information For Parents
A drive-thru testing site is a place where parents and children stay in their car while a health care provider does a test.
If a health care provider ordered coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, ask if you can have it done at a drive-thru testing area. Then, check for a location near you. Many drive-thru sites do testing by appointment only.
If you don’t have access to a car, ask your health care provider about using public transportation. Some drive-thru testing sites are set up for patients who travel on public transportation. The office staff will have details on how to do this.
If you don’t have access to a car or public transportation, ask your health care provider about other ways to get COVID-19 testing.
Ask your health care provider if you need to bring a paper prescription for the test. Sometimes doctors send the prescription by fax or computer to the drive-thru location ahead of time.
For young kids, it can help to bring a favorite toy, a blanket, stuffed animal, or a doll. If your child is older, have them bring a book, school assignment, or their phone.
Ahead of time, tell kids what’s going to happen at the testing site. And let them know that the doctors and nurses will be wearing gowns, gloves, glasses, and masks. Explain that wearing these protective coverings helps keep everyone safe.
People working at the site will direct you to the car line. You’ll keep your car windows closed until you’re told to open them. A health care provider will check your prescription and may ask a few questions.
After checking in, you might have to wait for the testing. Drive-thru testing places can be busy, so plan for a delay. It’s helpful to have things to occupy your child’s time while waiting.
If you can, sit next to your child and hold their hand or rub their arm while you talk with them. If you can’t sit next to your child, reach out and touch them. Sing a favorite song, show a short video, read a special book. If your child is old enough, do deep-breathing exercises together.
Health care providers get secretions from the back of the nose to test for coronavirus (COVID-19). To do that:
Some drive-thru sites may offer self-swab testing (the person puts the swab in their nose with directions from the health care team).
Having a swab placed in the back of the nose is uncomfortable while it’s happening. You can soothe your child during the testing by distracting them, talking quietly, or singing to them.
Your health care provider will let you know when the results are ready. The timing can vary depending on where the testing was done.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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