The UK Health Security Agency has published new guidance on people with Covid-19 and their contacts. This is general guidance for the public but is referred to in the updated guidance for schools*. It covers the following areas:
 
  • Know the symptoms of Covid-19
  • What to do if you have Covid-19
  • What to do if you are a close contact of someone who has Covid-19
 
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:
 
  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
 
In line with the main schools guidance*, the UKHSA guidance makes the following points about schools and children:
 
“Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.”
 
“Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has COVID-19 should continue to attend the setting as normal.”
 
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* Guidance for schools published by the Department for Education