What to do if your child is displaying coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
Anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, such as:
- a raised temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss of or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
should stay at home.
They should not attend an out-of-school setting and should follow the guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and get a test.
If your child becomes unwell while at a setting, the provider should call you immediately to come and collect them. While your child is awaiting collection they will be kept separately from others by a distance of at least 2 metres, ideally in a well-ventilated room with appropriate adult supervision. When you collect your child you should take them straight home; do not use public transport; do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital unless the child is seriously unwell. In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.
Follow the NHS guidance on when to self-isolate and what to do or contact NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
If your child tests negative, they can usually return to the setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals.
If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to the setting until they are recovered.
If your child tests positive, NHS Test and Trace will speak directly to those that have been in contact with your child to offer advice.