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What do I do if I think my child has COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

What do I do if I think my child (or I) has Coronavirus:



Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms


Stay at home if you have either:


  • a high temperature (37.8 or above) - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly


Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.


Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.



Find out what to do if you think you have symptoms -




How long to stay at home


  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms


If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.


If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.


For further information on staying home, please visit: 




Tips for staying at home


It's important to stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading.




  • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions

  • ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside

  • sleep alone, if possible

  • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

  • drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms




  • do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)

  • do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places



Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:


  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days


Access the 111 Coronavirus service here:


Please only call 111 if you cannot get help online.




Treatment for coronavirus


There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.  

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.


How to look after your symptoms at home


  • rest and drink plenty of fluids
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • cover the mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • put used tissues in a bin
  • wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds


If you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, use the 111 online service again.


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