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What are the symptoms?
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough (“coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)”)
- a high temperature (37.8˚C or above or feels hot to touch on their chest and back if you do not have a thermometer.)
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
WHO also suggests that COVID-19 affects different people in different ways, including the following. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Most common symptoms:
Less common symptoms:
aches and pains.
loss of taste or smell.
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes.
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
chest pain or pressure.
loss of speech or movement.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home. On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
The Playschool reserves the right to send children home or refuse entry to children who are unwell. Children will not be accepted back until they are well enough and not taking medication or have sought medical attention/been through the isolation period. We ask that our staff are respected for any decision that they make based on the guidance we have to follow. We ask that our code of conduct is followed at all times. You must collect immediately if we call you. We have to isolate children with symptoms with 2 staff members in a space on their own, which is not a positive experience for the children. If we become concerned, we will call 111 or 999. It is parents choice of whether to test or complete the full isolation of at least 10 days. You can book a test at: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you, your child or any of your household have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive test result (.GOV site)
Families must isolate for at least 10 full days if test is positive, or at least 10 full days after the first day of their symptoms starting. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should isolate. Their isolation period includes the day the first person in their household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, whether this was a Lateral Flow Device or Polymerase Chain Reaction test), and for at least the next 10 full days. Children and staff can return once symptoms are gone other than cough or anosmia as this can last several weeks. Must isolate if temperature stays high. Other household members must isolate for at least the full 10 days from day after individual tested positive)
Negative test – stay home until well.
Negative test but you have been contacted as a close contact – isolate for at least 10 days from day after contact with positive individual.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation you and your household should follow the steps in this guidance again
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and had a positive test result more than 10 days ago, you should stay at home and seek medical advice.
You or your child can stop isolating as long as:
- you are well
- no-one else in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- you have not been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
- you have not arrived into the UK from a non-exempt country within the last 10 days.
Anyone in your household who is isolating because of your symptoms can also stop isolating.
We ask that you send in or show a screen shot of the results of the covid test to let us know result as soon as possible.
We ask that anyone visiting the playschool sanitises on entry and wears a mask (unless exempt).
This is in line with Tier 4 Guidance
(Updated 31st December 2020)
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