What You Should Know About COVID-19

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is working diligently to protect our patients, families and team members from COVID-19. We asked our experts for facts that can help answer the most essential questions parents have. Below, you’ll find information about this virus, what is being done to prevent its further spread, and how you can protect yourself from the threat of infection

What are the symptoms of COVID-19

 The CDC notes that symptoms of COVID-19 include

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


How does a coronavirus spread

Among people, the virus typically spreads through coughing and sneezing, personal contact with an infected person. Less commonly, COVID-19 could potentially be spread by touching an infected surface and then the mouth, nose or eyes, but that is not thought to be the primary way the disease is spread

Is COVID-19 treatable

 The best treatment is prevention, so get vaccinated when you are eligible. Since COVID-19 is caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t work. A few treatments for the disease have been developed, but their effectiveness varies. Long term complications can arise from COVID-19, and no treatment is yet known how to reduce that risk

Is CHLA screening patients and visitors 

Our medical staff is adhering to all the latest guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in all their interactions with patients in the effort to prevent spread of the virus. All visitors to the hospitals are being screened for COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms of the disease, and confirmed exposure to a COVID-19 patient. This includes parents staying with children who are admitted to the hospital. Anyone failing to pass the verbal screening will not be permitted on campus. To stay overnight in the hospital, visitors must also submit proof of full vaccination OR a negative test every 72 hours OR proof of COVID-19 infection in the last 10-90 days. Additionally, all CHLA patients are being tested for the virus upon admission to the hospital. This includes testing patients with upcoming procedures. Click here for our latest visitor guidelines