Coronavirus Information for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The Tennessee Department of Health is committed to keeping you and your family informed on the latest news around the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19.  COVID-19 information changes quickly, so be sure to check the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee COVID-19 Information Hub (, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites regularly for the latest news.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and state COVID-19 testing information, visit the Tennessee COVID-19 Information Hub (

To help protect you and your family from coronavirus , the Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:

Important Ways to Slow the Spread

  • Get Vaccinated and stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces and crowds
  • Test to prevent spread to others
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor your health daily
  • Follow recommendations for quarantine
  • Follow recommendations for isolation
  • Take precautions when you travel

If You are at Risk of Getting Very Sick

What Symptoms to Watch For

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Other symptoms are signs of serious illness. If someone has trouble breathing, Persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone, get medical care immediately.

What to Do If You're Sick       

  • Quarantine and Isolation Calculator
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Get tested
  • Separate yourself from other people
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • If you are sick, wear a well-fitting mask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean surfaces in your home regularly
  • Take steps to improve ventilation at home
  • Get care immediately if you are having emergency warning signs, like trouble  breathing, pain or pressure in chest.breathing, pain or pressure in chest.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others, please visit the CDC website.

For information on COVID-19 and children and families with children and youth with special health care needs, see the links below:

This Page Last Updated: April 5, 2022 at 12:59 PM