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Symptoms and testing - what to do

What to do if there are symptoms in your household

If someone in your house develops 1 of the 3 main symptoms then the whole household need to isolate until a test result is received.

  • Dry, continuous cough.
  • High temperature 38 degrees or above.
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste.


The isolation period for the person displaying symptoms is 10 days. 


All other household members must isolate for 14 days from when the ill person displayed symptoms. (

this is because it may have taken a few days for the illness to be contracted).


If your child/you get a negative result then the isolation period for everyone stops.


If your child has a cold, a sore throat, a wet chesty cough, - these are not covid symptoms and you should follow usual guidance on being ill. 


I have attached a leaflet in this section with more guidance as I know this is all very confusing!