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

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:

  1. Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  2. Your child should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you get the test result.

Get a PCR test to check for COVID-19 on GOV.UK


If your child has COVID-19, they can infect other people for at least 5 days from when their symptoms start.

Preston City Council Covid-19 FAQs information - supporting your child during Covid-19

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