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Coronavirus: Symptoms and Isolation

 

 

If you, your child or anyone you live with has the following covid symptoms you must follow guidance to stay at home and guidance above.

*  A new, continuous cough and/or

*  A high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)

*  A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

 

We continue to have queries regarding covid and other symptoms this week, as well as a number of attempts to send children back to school who should be self-isolating. Please note the guidance below, as confirmed by the Local Authority yesterday:

SCENARIO

Should we isolate?

Actions for pupils and family

If isolating, follow guidance

Should we arrange a test?

Arranging a test

A

Pupil has covid symptoms in school

 

Pupil sent home immediately. 10 days isolation from start of symptoms, or longer if the symptoms (other than cough persist

Arrange test as soon as possible

B

Pupil has covid symptoms at home

10 days isolation from start of symptoms, or longer if the symptoms (other than cough) persist

Arrange test as soon as possible

C

Pupil lives in same household as someone with covid symptoms (e.g. siblings)

14 days isolation from start of the household member’s symptoms

Only arrange test if employee or pupil develops Covid symptoms (see situation B)

D

Pupil has had a positive test

Continue (if tested when symptomatic) or start (if tested when asymptomatic) a 10-day self-isolation, or longer if symptoms persist

N/A

E

Pupil lives in same household as someone who has had a positive test

Continue or start 14-day self-isolation from date of symptoms or of test (whichever is earlier)

Only arrange test if employee or pupil develops Covid symptoms (see situation B)

F

Pupil has had an inconclusive test

Continue or start 14-day self-isolation from date of symptoms or of test (whichever is earlier)

Arrange further test as soon as possible

G

Pupil lives in same household as someone who has had an inconclusive test

Continue or start 14-day self-isolation from date of symptoms or of test (whichever is earlier)

N/A

H

Pupil has had a negative test

Stop 10-day isolation as long as non-symptomatic and well enough to return to school

N/A

 

 

 Symptoms: Is it cold, flu or coronavirus?

The BBC published an article entitled ‘Covid symptoms: is it a cold, flu or coronavirus?’ on 17th September, which may prove helpful. 

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The following links provide useful, factual and regularly updated information on COVID-19:

 

NHS: Overview of COVID 19 - what is it?
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Follow the latest stay at home advice:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

NHS 111 Online: symptom check
https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

Common questions and answers on COVID-19
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS Every Mind Matters website
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Coronavirus Books for children

There are lots of child-friendly explanations and resources to the right of this page, to use when discussing coronavirus with your chidlren.

 Coronavirus A Book for Children

Coronavirus Comic Strip for children

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 This comic strip was published by NPR in the United States.