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San Diego is experiencing a surge in respiratory viruses which is impacting Rady Children’s ability to provide timely care in our emergency department and urgent care centers.
We are also experiencing a busy flu season, and it is possible we will begin to see more COVID-19 cases.
What you can do and is important to know:
- You can manage symptoms at home.
- Most respiratory viruses can last up to two weeks.
- For viral illnesses without other complications, we recommend Tylenol for fever, increased fluids and rest.
- Antibiotics are normally not prescribed for viruses and do not work against them.
- Vaccinate yourself and your family against the flu and COVID.
- If you or your children have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, please stay home from work and school.
*Children with severe illness, injuries or conditions requiring immediate treatment should continue to seek care at our emergency department.
This chart can help you determine where to go for care: https://www.rchsd.org/wait-times/what-type-of-care-does-my-child-need. You may also consider contacting your child’s primary care provider to help determine whether a trip to the emergency room is appropriate for your child.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this busy time.