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You can find the current guidance on what to do if you or your child has COVID-type symptoms HERE. Note that the new advice for adults and for children is slightly different.


Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:


  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature 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
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick


The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.



  • Children who are unwell and have a high temperature (over 38 degrees) should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can come back to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.


  • A child who has a positive test result should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test (Day 0). After 3 days (on Day 4) they can return to school, if they feel well enough and do not have a high temperature, even if they are still testing positive.  E.g. a child who tests positive after school on a Friday can return to school on Tuesday morning, if they are well enough.


You can find the government’s latest advice on living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19, HERE