Is It a Cold, Flu or COVID-19?

Here’s help for knowing what your child’s symptoms may mean.

These days, parents see upper-respiratory symptoms in their children and worry that they may indicate COVID-19. “If you’re concerned, reach out to your child’s physician,” says Robert Deutsch, MD, Clinical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “However, don’t hesitate to come to our Pediatric ED if you feel the symptoms warrant it. We have taken every precaution necessary to keep patients, visitors and staff safe.”

A young child is more likely to have a cold or the flu than the coronavirus, Dr. Deutsch says.

“However, we do see incidences of COVID-19 in all ages. It’s important to seek medical attention when it’s needed.”

Take safety measures as well, he advises: Wash hands, wear a mask, practice social distancing and get a flu shot. “The flu season lasts through April, so it’s not too late to get the shot,” he says.

To find a pediatrician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, call 888.724.7123 or visit