Covid-19 and ill health guidelines April 2022
There are now no requirements to carry out testing of any sort for Covid-19. Here are the updated rules
What to do if you have respiratory infection symptoms (including symptoms of COVID-19)
- If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people – until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you no longer feel unwell.
- The risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections is very low for most children and young people.
- Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
- All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.
What is the advice related to those who have a positive COVID-19 test result?
- Current national guidance states that it is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
- If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
- Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
- Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. They can work at home during this time if their role allows it and they feel well enough to do so. Adults can return to school after 5 days as long as they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
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