How to tell the difference between COVID-19 and flu

Kristin Moffitt, MD talks about how to handle cold and flu season and what protocols to follow if kids have runny noses, coughs and other symptoms.
2:20 | 09/17/20

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The fall season is fast approaching. With it comes flu season. This year tremendously different because it's overlapping with the coronavirus. Associate physician in infection diseases at Boston children's hospital Dr. Kristin Moffitt is here to share some tips on how parents can keep their children safe in the classrooms. Thank you, doctor, for being with us. The symptoms for the flu and covid can look the same. How can we tell the difference between the two? There is substantial overlap between the symptoms of covid-19 and influenza as well as the symptoms of so many of the other respiratory viral infections we know can make kids sick in the winter. Distinguish based on symptoms alone to which one kids might have. You're a medical consultant to bright horizons child care. What guidance have you given the centers and parents sending their kids back to school this Because the data and the science around covid-19 and how it's transmitted is really evolving constantly, I'm reviewing that data on a regular basis and reviewing it with bright horizons to help them inform all the policies and protocols they have developed and continued to adapt in order to keep their centers safe. My recommendations for families, it starts with knowing what your school or daycare's policies are. Know where to find them and be familiar with them. Next, all the measures put in place start with keeping infection out of schools and daycares. This really has to start with keep children home if their sick and prompting an early phone call with your pediatrician to determine what the next step should be from because there's so much overlap between covid-19 and influenza and because influenza can put such a strain on our health care systems, it's more important than ever that everyone in your household that can get a flu shot, gets a flu shot. Dr. Moffitt, we appreciate your time today. Sure. Thanks for having me. Ahead, checking your watch for medical reasons. Becky Worley gives apple's new

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