Symptoms of COVID-19 and What to do if a Member of Your Household Develops Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Headaches, fatigue and a strange taste in the mouth were commonly experienced by others who then tested positive.

What to do if your child/young person or a member of your household develops symptoms of COVID-19

  • Do not send your child/young person to school.
  • Book a Covid-19 test – If you would like support with arranging a test please contact Sarah Whelan, Education Healthcare Lead, by email
  • The whole household must self-isolate for 14 days. The 14 day isolation period starts from the first day the person in the house became ill.
  • Inform the school of the results of any tests taken.

What to do if your child/young person or another member of your household receives a positive test result

  • Do not send your child/young person to school.
  • The person who has received the positive result must self-isolate for 10 days.
  • All members of your household must self-isolate 14 days even if they receive a negative result.
  • Inform the school of the result.

We have been advised by Public Health England that your child should only be tested if they display symptoms.

For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.


  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.


  • Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and several other indoor settings.


  • Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
  • Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.
  • Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.

Further Information

Further information is available at