Further support to parents on what to do if your child is ill.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means 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 loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If anyone has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus they should:
- Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 111 / 119.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until they get the test result – they should only leave home to have a test. Anyone they live with and anyone in their support bubble, must also stay at home until they get the test result.
Do not attend your GP, pharmacy or local hospital unless advised.
Protect yourself and others from coronavirus;
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser
- Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.
- You must wear a face covering by law in some public places unless you have a face covering exemption. You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
7 Steps to Prevent the Virus
As a school we are in constant communication with NHS and the Government regarding how we can make sure your child and your family are kept as safe as possible. The situation is changing daily and we will make sure any changes are relayed to you as quickly as possible.
Information on this website is sourced from the NHS England website or BBC news.
Government Advice 17.3.2020
This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
NEW GUIDANCE FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH SYMPTOMS
Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
· if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
· if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
· for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
· A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
· A new, continuous cough
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
Coronavirus Update 17.3.2020
Pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions should consider the latest advice "particularly important".
If one person in any household starts to display symptoms, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days.
The key new government measures are:
- Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
- Everyone should work from home if they can
- All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should stop
Coronavirus Update 16.3.2020
Remember, do not go to the Doctor or ring NHS 111 straight away (see advice below).
Most people recover from coronavirus quickly after a few days' rest. For some people, it can be more severe and, in rare cases, life-threatening. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
It appears people who are older, those with weakened immune systems and people who have underlying chronic conditions including asthma, diabetes or heart disease are more at risk of severe effects. Further information can be found on the BBC news website - click here. If you are concerned about your child being more vulnerable, please talk to us.
(Taken from NHS England)
STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS
Stay at home for 14 days if you or any member of your household have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
HOW CORONAVIRUS IS SPREAD
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean