The Department of Health and Welfare (THL) on Tuesday updated its crown guidelines for children. Thus, a very mildly symptomatic child can be monitored at home without testing if the child is not known to have been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus and no one in the family has traveled in the previous 14 days. As a symptom, however, the child cannot go to school or early childhood education.
Instead, the child should be taken for a test if, in the opinion of a guardian or health care professional, he or she has symptoms suitable for a coronavirus infection.
On the other hand, if a child has an allergic rhinitis, isolated sneezes, or if his nose begins to drain when going out but the symptom ends indoors, the child can go to school or early childhood education as long as the child’s general condition is otherwise normal and there are no symptoms of infection.
Repeated testing is not required if respiratory symptoms persist, as long as the symptom remains the same
If the symptoms completely disappear during follow-up, according to THL, the test does not have to be taken, but you can return to school or early childhood education after one asymptomatic day.
A child who has a negative corona test result can return to school or early childhood education when he or she is recovering, even if the symptoms have not completely subsided.
If there is a delay in getting a test result, a child can return to school or early childhood education after one asymptomatic day if he or she is not known to have been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus and no one in the family has traveled in the previous 14 days.
One negative corona test result from the same family at the same time is sufficient. It is therefore not necessary to test all the children in the family.
If a child's respiratory symptoms persist, he or she does not need to be tested repeatedly as long as the symptom remains the same.
THL recalls that a school or early childhood education must not require a certificate of a negative test.
Based on the regional epidemic situation, the unit responsible for communicable diseases in the municipality or hospital district may issue detailed guidelines on testing practices for children.