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My Child has Symptoms- What to do

My Child has Symptoms- What to do

Updated Guides and Information

HSE Covid-19 Up-to Date Information Click here

Your child has symptoms
A student that shows symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend school. Current advice is If your child is age 4 or older and has symptoms, continue to do regular antigen tests. If their test results are negative, continue to isolate them until they've had no symptoms for 48 hours.
  1. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, and are aged 4 to 39 you should use antigen tests. Do not book a PCR test.
  2. You can book antigen tests online from the HSE. Only book 1 kit per person.
  3. You also need to self-isolate (stay in your room). There is a high risk you could spread the virus.
  4. Follow this advice even if you had your first round of COVID-19 vaccines, a booster, or a positive PCR test in the past 3 months.
Link to request free HSE antigen tests
How to do your antigen tests
  1. You need to do 3 antigen tests.
  2. Do the first one as soon as possible. Do the second test 24 hours later. Do the third test 24 hours after that.
  3. If any of your antigen tests are positive, you need to self-isolate (stay in your room) and book a PCR test.
  4. If you get 3 negative (not detected) antigen test results, continue to self-isolate until you have not had symptoms for 48 hours.
  5. You should also report your negative antigen result online. This helps us learn more about antigen testing.
  6. A negative antigen test does not mean that you do not have COVID-19.
  7. If you have an invalid test result, do another antigen test.

Your child is a close contact

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Letter issued to Parents/ Guardians 5/1/22 - Click here

What to do if your child has symptoms - Click Here

Symptoms of COVID-19

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

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste– this could mean they're completely gone or just different to normal
  • nasal congestion (runny or blocked nose)
  • conjunctivitis(also known as red eye or pink eye)
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain (aches and pains)
  • different types of skin rash
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • chills or dizziness

Severe symptoms

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 include:

COVID-19 symptoms can be like symptoms of cold, flu or hay fever.

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