Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

How to help prevent the spread of infections

At Stanford Children’s Health your family’s health and safety is important to us. While waiting for the COVID-19 test results, please take steps to protect yourself and others. The information below will teach you how to stop germs from spreading.

Staying Home

Your family should reduce the amount of time spent with other people. This means at home and in the community.

  • You and your child should only leave your home for medical appointments

  • Avoid public spaces

  • Avoid using public transportation. Do not use ride-sharing services or taxis for travel

Stay away from others in your home

  • Stay in a specific room away from other people at your home

  • Use a separate bathroom if possible

Staying Healthy

Avoid sharing personal items

  • Wash personal items with soap and water often

  • Avoid sharing personal items, like toothbrushes

  • Avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or towels with other people in the home

Clean ‘high-touch’ surfaces every day.

  • High touch surfaces include counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and tablets

Wash your hands often.

  • Use soap and water or sanitizer gel with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice to yourself. This takes about 20 seconds and will help you track time

Watching Symptoms

Call the doctor

  • If you or your child feels sick. Common symptoms to watch out for include: coughing, muscle ache, fatigue, shortness of breath, or a fever
  • Use MyChart messaging, phone calls, or telehealth to get medical information from the tea

Getting the Results

Your care team will only call you if your results are positive. They will also post the results on MyChart. If you have questions about the results or want to know more information about next steps call your child’s doctor.

People who have coronavirus should stay isolated at home for whichever is longer:


When can you come back to the hospital

Tested positive with symptoms

10 days after positive test AND

24 hours with no fever or feeling better without using fever-reducing medication like Tylenol or Advil.

Tested positive without symptoms

10 days after the day symptoms first appeared

For Parents

Check how you feel! Please call your primary care doctor if you start to feel any of these symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Muscle ache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever