Covid-19 Information

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DfE* Covid Updates

The key messages below have been taken from the following guidance:

People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 - GOV.UK (,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in adults - NHS (

Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace - GOV.UK (

  • The symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections are very similar so it is not possible to tell if you have COVID-19, flu or another infection based on symptoms alone. Most people with COVID-19 will have a relatively mild illness, especially if they have been vaccinated.
  • Respiratory infections are common in children and young people, particularly during the winter months. Symptoms can be caused by several respiratory infections including the common cold, COVID-19 and RSV.
  • The risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections is very low for most children and young people
  • Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can
  • It is particularly important to avoid close contact with anyone who you know is at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell if they are infected with COVID-19
  • Children and staff can go back to school, college or childcare and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
  • In some cases, you might continue to have a cough or feel tired after your other symptoms have improved but this does not mean that you are still infectious.
  • Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended for most people in England.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are no longer required to do a rapid lateral flow or PCR test.
  • It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
  • If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.
  • You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.
  • If adults have a positive COVID-19 test result, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test. If you are unable to work from home, talk to your employer about options available to you
  • If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can.


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