In simply the second week of pupils returning to high school in Scotland, virtually 17,500 youngsters had been examined for coronavirus.
Solely 49 turned out to be constructive.
Demand for checks of youngsters aged from two to 17 shot up by 300% in every week, however solely two extra had the virus than the earlier week.
One principle is that the same old back-to-school bugs and colds have kicked in with a vengeance after 5 months away from the classroom and different youngsters.
Scientific Director Jason Leitch is getting ready to jot down to oldsters subsequent week to reassure them and provides easy steering on when a check is required and when it is not.
However when do you have to fear? When do you have to hold youngsters dwelling from college and what position do colleges play within the demand for testing? We consulted the most recent Scottish authorities steering.
My baby has chilly signs – do I ship them to high school or not?
That is all all the way down to what the signs are.
In case your baby has any of the coronavirus signs which point out that they want a check then they, and everybody else within the family, together with siblings, ought to isolate right away.
It is best to e book a check for the kid with signs by way of www.nhsinform.scot or, if you cannot get on-line, by calling 0800 028 2816.
A runny nostril, blocked nostril or a sore throat are at the moment not recognised signs that might require a check.
The signs which set off the necessity for a check are totally different to common chilly signs
When ought to I e book a check?
E book a check in case you or your baby has:
- a brand new, steady cough (coughing for greater than an hour, or three or extra coughing episodes in 24 hours)
- fever/excessive temperature (37.8C or higher)
- lack of, or change in, sense of odor or style
You must also e book a check when you have been instructed to by Check and Shield as a contact of somebody who has examined constructive.
Can my baby be despatched dwelling from college with a chilly and ordered to have a check earlier than returning?
All colleges are looking out for potential outbreaks.
Kids might be despatched dwelling from college if they’re displaying signs of coronavirus.
This implies you need to e book a check instantly. Your loved ones should additionally observe self-isolation pointers.
All colleges have plans in place if there’s an outbreak. In an outbreak Public Well being Scotland will co-ordinate exercise with Check and Shield.
In case your baby is feeling unwell with totally different signs, you need to deal with these as you usually would.
Can a college insist my baby is examined for coronavirus?
Somebody needs to be examined for coronavirus if they’re symptomatic or if they’ve been instructed to by a contact tracer. If somebody develops signs whereas in class they are going to be requested to return dwelling and prepare a check.
In case your baby has a chilly or one other sickness with totally different signs, these needs to be handled as regular and search medical help if obligatory.
However a check ought to solely be organized if one of many recognised Covid-19 signs is current or a contact tracer asks you to.
A faculty can not insist on seeing proof of a damaging check.
What will we do after a check? And if my baby is requested to self-isolate, does the remainder of the household need to?
Everybody within the family ought to proceed to isolate till the check outcomes come by way of.
If the check consequence in your baby is damaging, and your baby is just not already isolating as a “shut contact” of a confirmed case, they will finish isolation and return to high school when they’re effectively sufficient and haven’t had a fever for 48 hours.
The remainder of their family can finish isolation right away.
If the check is constructive, the symptomatic baby ought to stay in isolation till 10 days from signs beginning, or longer in the event that they nonetheless have a fever.
The remainder of the family ought to stay in isolation for 14 days from when the one who examined constructive confirmed signs, even when they do not have signs themselves.
Additionally, you will be put in contact with the native contact tracing group in order that different shut contacts of your baby could be recognized. These shut contacts will even be requested to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Check and Shield course of is confidential, and your shut contacts is not going to be informed that it was you that they had been involved with until you give permission.
Ought to the entire household be examined?
Solely relations who’ve signs needs to be examined.
When you do not need signs your self and are self-isolating as an in depth contact of somebody with coronavirus, different folks in your personal family and prolonged family (when you have one) is not going to be requested to isolate together with you – until they’ve additionally been in shut contact with an individual who’s a confirmed case, wherein case they are going to be knowledgeable by the NHS.