Boston Children's Health Physicians' response to COVID-19

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak


What is Coronavirus/COVID-19?

New York currently has the most cases of COVID-19 of any state in the country. This is an illness caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is making many people sick. New Jersey and Connecticut also have high rates of COVID-19. This makes it especially important for everyone in the tri-state area and beyond to follow the latest recommendations to reduce the spread of this illness and help keep everyone healthy.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 FAQ

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? How serious is coronavirus/COVID-19? How can I protect my family from the new coronavirus? How do I avoid making others sick? Is there a cure for COVID-19? Where can I get the latest information about COVID-19?


A rare complication of COVID-19 in children: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a serious illness related to COVID-19 that has been seen in a small number of children.  The most common symptoms of this disease include persistent fevers, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, headaches, and swollen hands and feet.  Always call your pediatrician if you notice these symptoms or have any concerns. 

What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?

At Boston Children’s Health Physicians, we are following all of the state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

If you suspect your child has COVID-19, call your pediatrician’s office for advice. Many of our clinicians are now seeing patients remotely through virtual or telehealth visits (these are visits done right from your home) whenever possible to avoid the spread of germs in our facilities. Your doctor will decide if a COVID-19 test is necessary and if so, will tell you how to proceed with testing.

A virtual visit, which can be done using a smartphone, tablet, or computer, can also be an appropriate option for diagnosing colds, flus, allergies, and other health concerns, as well as managing chronic conditions and prescription refills.

For complex or urgent needs that require a face-to-face visit, we continue to have staff available for in-person appointments. We are following the latest safety practices to ensure our waiting and exam rooms are free from germs. We are also strictly limiting the number of patients we see in person as part of our commitment to physical distancing. For patients scheduled for non-urgent procedures or exams, check with your physician to reschedule.

Get answers to common questions about the new coronavirus.

Coping with COVID-19-related stress

During this challenging time, children and parents may be feeling a lot of stress. This can be caused by changes to your daily routine, worries about your health and well-being, and worries about the health of family members.

It’s important to:


Stick to a daily schedule
Eat nutritious meals
Get exercise in your home or yard (while still physically distancing from neighbors)
Sleep well

Make time to connect with friends over the phone, through social media, or using a video platform

For teens, many of whom are feeling anxious with all of the changes, having a routine can be particularly beneficial in helping them cope. Learn more.

Children can also benefit from opportunities to stay busy and engaged at home. Get some ideas from Boston Children’s Hospital child life specialists.

The behavioral health team at Boston Children’s Health Physicians has put together the following tips for families


The New York Health Department also offers an evidence-based collection of guided meditations and workouts, some geared to children, to help manage stress and anxiety.