Advice - Illness Versus Covid-19 Symptoms
We know that one of the challenges for everyone is distinguishing coronavirus from other common illnesses, particularly amongst children. A reminder that the symptoms of Covid-19 which mean that the household must self-isolate and the parent advised to arrange a test are:
· a high temperature
· continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if the child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
· loss of taste and smell
If a child is unwell with other symptoms such as sore throat, earache, stomach ache, runny nose, skin rashes, or a winter related illness such as norovirus with vomiting and diarrhoea, then parents are advised to check online health condition advice – is my child too ill to go to school, and contact their local pharmacy or GP if they need further help. The NHS 111 phone line should only be used for an urgent medical problem where parents or carers are unsure what to do. If a child is too ill to attend school, the parent or carer should advise the school as per normal and arrange to care for the child at home until they are well enough to return. Children with these symptoms do not need to arrange a test, and members of their household do not need to self-isolate, unless they are also experiencing a high temperature, continuous cough, or loss of taste and smell.