Coughs, Colds & Coronavirus

Colds, ‘Bugs’ and Coronavirus:

As we move into the winter months we will start to see lots of children presenting with runny noses, sore throat and other minor symptoms of colds or similar ‘bugs’. I would like to remind you to look for the three main symptoms of coronavirus as detailed on the NHS website, with regards to any advice for a child to go home, isolate and get tested:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

Unwell individuals who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, should not attend school.