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The latest advice from our wonderful National Health Service.

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious.

To ask for a TEST: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

 

What to do if your child has symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Use the 111 online coronavirus service if your child is 5 or over. Call 111 if they’re under 5.

What to do if your child seems very unwell

Children and babies will still get illnesses that can make them very unwell quickly. It’s important to get medical help if you need it.

Urgent advice: Call 111 or your GP surgery if your child:

  • has a temperature of 38C or higher, or you think they have a fever
  • has other signs of illness, such as a rash, as well as a high temperature (fever)
  • has a high temperature that’s lasted for 5 days or more
  • does not want to eat, or is not their usual self and you’re worried
  • has a high temperature that does not come down with paracetamol
  • is dehydrated – for example, nappies are not very wet, sunken eyes, and no tears when they’re crying

Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service

The new NHS Test and Trace service has launched and will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Find out more

Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers can be found here:

Workplace guidance

Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person.

Public Health guidance