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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Frequently asked questions

General FAQs

You should take a child for a test if they have any one of the three symptoms of Covid-19. The symptoms are; The o...

You should take a child for a test if they have any one of the three symptoms of Covid-19. The symptoms are;

  • The onset of a persistent cough
  • or a temperature/fever
  • or a loss of taste or smell.

Only people who are symptomatic should book a test unless you are asked to get a test by Public Health as part of the management of an outbreak in your community.

If your child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not ...

If your child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can go to school if fit to do so.

A child who has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (a persistent cough, or a temperature/fever, or a loss of taste or sm...

A child who has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (a persistent cough, or a temperature/fever, or a loss of taste or smell) should not come to school. The child and their household should self-isolate and arrange for a COVID-19 test. A child who has cold symptoms but no symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to miss out on school if you feel their symptoms are mild and that they are well enough to attend. If they do not have the symptoms of COVID-19 they do not need to have a test.

A continuous cough is coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.  For people w...

A continuous cough is coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.  For people who usually have a cough, it may be worse than normal. A continuous cough will not be a single coughing fit.

If the pupil/teacher is off with COVID-19 symptoms but they get a negative test result they can return to school when...

If the pupil/teacher is off with COVID-19 symptoms but they get a negative test result they can return to school when they feel well enough. It would not be advised to attend school if you have a fever. 

The symptoms of Covid-19 are; The onset of a persistent cough or a temperature/fever or a loss of taste or smell...

The symptoms of Covid-19 are;

  • The onset of a persistent cough
  • or a temperature/fever
  • or a loss of taste or smell.

If a parent is not sure whether their child is displaying an of these symptoms they can consult the range of information and support available on the NHS Inform website at www.nhsinform.scot or call 111.

Only household members who are symptomatic need to get tested. If more than one household member has symptoms all the...

Only household members who are symptomatic need to get tested. If more than one household member has symptoms all the results need to be back before a household member can return to school/work

Children should only be tested if they have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to get tested by Test & Protect....

Children should only be tested if they have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to get tested by Test & Protect. In these circumstances schools may wish to see the negative results and could agree this with parents. Schools cannot insist on this. We would request that schools do not contact Public Health or other health services to do this.

Dry toothbrushing can continue.

Dry toothbrushing can continue.


What happens when someone who attends my child’s school tests positive for Covid-19

If someone who attends your child’s school tests positive for Covid-19 we will first check whether they came to schoo...

If someone who attends your child’s school tests positive for Covid-19 we will first check whether they came to school when they might have been infectious. This would be whilst they had symptoms or in the 48 hours before they had symptoms. The school will then work with Public Health to identify anyone who has been within 2 metres of the person who has tested positive. A close contact will be anyone who has been within 1-2 metres for more than 15 minutes, or, within 1 metre for a short time.

If you have been within 2 metres of someone for 15 minutes you will, in most cases, be considered a contact. This wou...

If you have been within 2 metres of someone for 15 minutes you will, in most cases, be considered a contact. This would only happen when that person has tested positive for COVID-19 and you were in contact with them whilst they may have been infectious. This could be 15 minutes at one time or 15 minutes due to regular shorter contacts. 

No. Face masks and cloth face coverings available to general public reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19, but they d...

No. Face masks and cloth face coverings available to general public reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19, but they do not prevent it completely. The young person will still be required to isolate as a precaution if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive.

Test and Protect will work with the school to identify pupils and staff who have been in close contact with the perso...

Test and Protect will work with the school to identify pupils and staff who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive.  This will include those who have been within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes, or for a shorter time within 1 metres. The number of people who are asked to self-isolate as a precaution will be different each time. Each situation will be carefully assessed every time.

If a teacher tests positive all close contacts will be identified. If they have worked across several classes when th...

If a teacher tests positive all close contacts will be identified. If they have worked across several classes when they may have been infectious all staff or pupils that the teacher was in close contact with would be identified as a precaution. This would not necessarily be a full class. It would include those pupils who had been within 2 metres of the teacher for more than 15 minutes, or within 1 metre for a shorter length of time.

If the pupil or teacher is off because they have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for ...

If the pupil or teacher is off because they have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 they need to isolate for 14 days. Test and Protect will advise them when they can return to school. A negative test result does not shorten this period of isolation. They should only get a test if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

If someone who attends your child’s school tests positive for COVID-19 we will first check whether they came to schoo...

If someone who attends your child’s school tests positive for COVID-19 we will first check whether they came to school when they might have been infectious. This would be whilst they had symptoms or in the 48 hours before they had symptoms. The school will then work with Public Health to identify anyone who has been within 2 metres of the person who has tested positive. A close contact will be anyone who has been within 1-2 metres for more than 15 minutes, or, within 1 metre for a short time.

For East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire

If your child is identified as a close contact of a case, your child must isolate for 14 days. Adults and other children in your house do not need to isolate.

 

For East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire Brothers ...

For East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire

Brothers and sisters of the contact can continue to attend school if the contact does NOT have symptoms.

If the child who has been identified as a contact develops symptoms, they must book a test.  Everyone else in the household should isolate while waiting for test results.


Last Updated: 31 August 2020