Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:
Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible
You, your child and anyone else you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have the test.
For more information including how to book a PCR test visit