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Covid-19

Children and young people aged 18 and under can get coronavirus (covid-19), but it is usually a mild illness and most get better in a few days. You can find the symptoms in children and what to do here.

The symptoms in adults and what to do can be found here. 

The Living with Covid guidance can be found here.

Safer behaviours

Throughout the pandemic, Government advice and information has been informed by the best scientific evidence available from health agencies, academics, and experts.[footnote 48]

People will continue to be advised that there are safer behaviours they can adopt to reduce the risk of infection. Precautions remain particularly important to those who are at higher risk if they catch COVID-19, although due to advances in vaccination and therapeutics, this group is now better protected. The majority of people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable are now advised to follow the same general guidance as everyone else as a result of the protection they have received from vaccination.

Individuals can still reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:

  • a. Getting vaccinated;
  • b. Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside;
  • c. Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high;
  • d. Trying to stay at home if you are unwell;
  • e. Taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive; and
  • f. Washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test

While you’re no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, you should try to stay at home and away from others to avoid passing on the virus.

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you:

  • have any symptoms of COVID-19, and have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 – this means it's very likely you have the virus

If you've tested positive for COVID-19

If you have COVID-19, you can pass on the virus to other people for up to 10 days from when your infection starts. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.

You should:

  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days
  • avoiding meeting people at higher risk from COVID-19 for 10 days, especially if their immune system means they’re at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, even if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine

This starts from the day after you did the test.

If a child or young person aged 18 or under tests positive for COVID-19, they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days. This starts from the day after they did the test.

Children and young people tend to be infectious to others for less time than adults. If they’re well and do not have a temperature after 3 days, there’s a much lower risk that they’ll pass on COVID-19 to others.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, and a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities

You can go back to your normal activities if you:

  • feel well enough to do so
  • do not have a high temperature

Contact a GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • you’re worried about your symptoms
  • your symptoms get worse

In an emergency, call 999.

If you are struggling to afford food, you will probably be eligible for help from the foodbank. School can apply for these for you, just let us know or pop into the office.

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please come and see Miss Munton,   Mr Maddaford, Mr Lohan, Miss McNamee or Mrs Melias. All conversations will be confidential. If a child is at immediate risk call the police using 999. You can also call First Response on 0117 9036444 if are have concerns about a child's well-being. The NSPCC can be contacted on 0808 800 5000 (Monday to Friday from 8am until 10pm or on Saturday or Sunday from 9am until 6pm). Their website is www.nspcc.org.uk or you can email help@nspcc.org.uk 

If you are in an emergency situation and need police help but can't speak, you can Make Yourself Heard by being transferred to the Silent Solution system. When you call 999 it is always best to speak if it is safe to do so. If making a noise will put you or in danger the operator will transfer you to the Silent Solution system. You will hear a police message that lasts for 20 seconds and starts with "you are through to the police." You will be asked to press 55; if you do you will be connected to the police, if you don't the call will be terminated. You will be asked simple question so police help can be arranged if needed. Click #SilentSolution for more information.

If you are a child and are worried about domestic abuse, you can access The Hide Out to understand it and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

Supporting a friend, if you are a child, can be hard. You want to say and do the right thing to help, but you might not know the best way to do it. A friend's problem can sometimes make you unhappy too. You don't have to support them on your own. Especially if their problems are really serious. Often it is helpful to get advice from someone else. This doesn't mean you are letting your friend down. Childline have tips on how you can be there for them.  If there isn't an adult you can talk you, you can talk to Childline.

If you, as an adult, need someone to talk to please contact The Sanctuary who are running a telephone support line which is open every day from 4pm until 10pm. Click here for their contact details.