If my child or someone in our household gets symptoms of coronavirus what should I do?

Current official symptoms of COVID-19 remain:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If a staff member, child or other adult within the community has at least one of the symptoms of coronavirus, medical advice is clear: they must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in the household must self-isolate for 14 days.

A test should be ordered immediately at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or by calling 119.

If the test is negative, and they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can also stop self-isolating.

If the test result is positive, they must complete the remainder of the 10-day isolation.

Anyone in the household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when the positive household member started having symptoms.

The NHS test and trace service will send a text or email alert or call with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places the individual has visited.

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus must self-isolate for 14 days from the last contact. The household does not need to self-isolate but should take extra precaution.

Contacts should be tested if they develop symptoms and at this stage members of their household must also self-isolate immediately for 14 days.