What to do if you have COVID from 1st April
You no longer need to do any testing, and no more testing kits will be made available to you.
The new guidance says:
- adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
- children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
- adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days. This assumes you have leftover LFDs, have paid for a test, or got one as an eligible person.
So we are going to ask that you apply the same principles to other illnesses – if you or your child is ill – don’t come/send them to school.
The blunt reality of this is: we will no longer know for certain who has COVID. Whatever your view on that, we can only make sure that ill people – just like you would do with the flu – are avoided, like the plague.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal