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What to do if your child shows symptoms of COVID-19


                           COVID-19 SYMPTOMS


If you, your child or anyone within your household develops any of the following symptoms, whether at school or at home, you must self-isolate and book a PCR test.

  • 1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot
    to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the
  • 2. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three
    or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • 3. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of
    smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

All children and members of their households in England have access to testing if they display symptoms of COVID-19, including children under 5. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

Tests can be accessed through the NHS Website or by calling 119.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about who they have recently been in contact with. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test are advised to obtain a PCR test, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. Further information about Test and Trace.