Reminders for parents

Signs of Covid19

a temperature of 38 degrees celsius or higher

a new cough or difficulty breathing

a loss of sense of smell or taste or a change in either or both of these

Self isolation

Self isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people . This includes other members of the household if at all possible. If you are waiting for a test or test results you need to self-isolate.

Restricting movement

Restricting movement means avoiding contact with other people as much as possible and not attending work, school or creche. If a member of your household is sick at all or waiting to hear if they need a test or for results of a test, restrict your movements.

Some frequently asked questions

Q My child has signs of illness that may be Covid19 . What should I do?

A Ring your doctor who will advise you if a Covid 19 test is necessary. Do not send your child to school.

Q My child has been assessed by a doctor who says a Covid test is necessary. What do we need to do?

A Your child needs to self-isolate, including from other members of the household if possible, while waiting for the test and the results of the test. Household members should restrict their movements while waiting for the results of the test.

Q If my child has been assessed by a doctor and the doctor says s/he does not need a Covid test, when can I send my child back to school?

A Do not send your child back to school until they have had no signs of illness for 48 hours (nor require Calpol or Nurofen for 48 hours).

Q My child has been told they are a close contact of someone with Covid 19 but is showing no symptoms.

A Your child needs to restrict movements for 14 days. They will be tested on day 0 and day 10. If the test result is negative on day 10 , and your child has no symptoms of Covid, they can stop restricting movements then. Household members ordinarily do not have to restrict movements – only if your child is a close contact of someone recently returned from a Category 2 country (high risk).

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