If your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of smell or taste), NHS guidance is to stay off school and book a test. You must self-isolate for 10 days or until you get a get a negative test result. Contacts of a person with a positive test result must stay off school for 14 days. This includes siblings at SMRT.


SMRT guidance, which is based on the current research and World Health Organisation symptoms of gastrointestinal symptoms (tummy upset, abdominal cramps, off food, nausea, diarrhoea), sore throat and runny nose, is to stay off school for 10 days from when the symptoms appear. These symptoms can be symptomatic of Covid-19 in young people and they are all contagious symptoms that will spread illness to other people. The NHS and government are not currently advising people with these symptoms to get a test because there is a shortage of tests.


Scientific research is increasingly finding that at least a third of school age children that test positive for Covid-19 do not have a continuous cough, high temperature or lack of smell or taste. Be particularly alert to these clusters of symptoms, especially if combined together (gastrointestinal symptoms, such as cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, headache, skin rash, conjunctivitis). If your child has multiple symptoms from this cluster, it is very important to seek medical advice and a test if you are able to. These clusters of symptoms can be very indicative of Covid-19 in children and should not be ignored.


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Do not book a test for your child if they are fit and well as this prevents people with symptoms getting a test.

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