On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Welfare updated its corona guidelines for children. We compiled answers to five questions from the updated guidelines.
When should a child be taken for a corona test?
A child should be taken for a test if, in the opinion of a carer or healthcare professional, they have symptoms that are appropriate for a coronavirus infection.
However, if the symptom is very mild and 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, the symptoms can be monitored at home without testing. As a symptom, however, the child cannot go to school or early childhood education.
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.
Can a child with mild symptoms go to school or early childhood education?
The child should not go to school or early childhood education if the guardian finds that the child has symptoms of infection.
If a child has taken a test and the result is negative, the child can return to school or early childhood education when he or she is recovering, even if the symptoms have not completely subsided.
If a child has an allergic rhinitis, isolated sneezes, or if his nose begins to drain out by the time but the symptom ends indoors, the child can go to school or early childhood education as long as his general condition is otherwise normal and there are no symptoms of infection.
Can a child be taken to school or early childhood education if the symptoms have disappeared but the child has not been tested or the test result has not come in time?
If the child's symptoms completely resolve before testing, there is no need to go to the test, but can return to school or early childhood education after one asymptomatic day.
If the test is taken but the result is delayed, you can return to school or early childhood education after one asymptomatic day 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.
School or early childhood education may not require a certificate of negative test.
The child has symptoms of infection, but the corona test of another family member is negative. Should the child be taken for a test?
One negative corona test result from the same family at the same time is sufficient. Not all children in the family need to be tested.
How should other family members act while awaiting a child's test result?
If the rest of the family is asymptomatic, life can continue normally. Symptoms should remain at home until the test result is completed.
If the child's result is positive, the rest of the family is subject to official quarantine under the Communicable Diseases Act, which is decided by the communicable disease authorities of the person's home country.