Open Letter for Parent and Guardians

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When you should book a coronavirus (COVID-19) test for your child.

Published by: Department of Health and Social Care

Publish Date:  25th September 2020

Letter to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child

The Chief Nurse and Interim Chief Medical Officer of NHS Test and Trace have written an open letter to parents and guardians about when they should book a coronavirus (COVID-19) test for their child. Please follow the link above to access the letter.

The letter explains that a test should only be booked if a child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
  • a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

Children do not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. This is because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

This information may be helpful to share with parents.

 

 

Published: 28th September 2020