Universal free testing ended on Friday 1st April.
You can find the updated 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
- 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.