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Colds Vs COVID Information

As the standard childhood colds have already started circling, here’s a brief overview of the guidance so that you can make initial decisions about children presenting with certain symptoms and whether to keep your child at home:

Cold (not coronavirus)

Sore Throat

Blocked Nose

Runny Nose

Headache

Children can still go to school if the cold is mild

Possible Coronavirus

New continuous cough (This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing fits in 24 hours

Fever / High Temperature (38°c or higher)

Loss or change in their sense of smell or taste

Children should stay at home, isolate for at least 10 days and have a free NHS test. Other members of the household should also self-isolate for 14 days. You shouldn’t leave home apart from when you go to get your test and shouldn’t have any visitors

General reminder

Children should be encouraged to bring and use tissues for coughs and sneezes, throw tissues away as soon as they have been used and wash their hands regularly.

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