Your child should isolate from other people in your home who do not have COVID-19 for 5 days, or up to 7 days if they still have symptoms. This includes:
You do not need to isolate unless you have symptoms, but you should take steps to protect people around you for 7 days. You should wear a mask indoors when not at home.
If you develop symptoms you must isolate and get tested.
You and your child should not visit high risk settings like health facilities, residential aged care and residential disability care facilities unless you need care.
The majority of children with COVID-19 only have mild symptoms. It is common for children with COVID-19 not to have symptoms at any stage. The most common symptoms are:
Occasionally, a child may have tummy pain, chest pain, headache, body aches, breathing difficulties or a loss of taste or smell.
Most children with COVID-19 can be cared for at home.
Your child is more at risk of needing medical care if they have other health conditions such as asthma, obesity, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease or they are immuno-compromised.
Call 000 and inform the operator that your child has COVID-19.
1800 960 933 (8.30am – 8.30pm) – NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line
1800 020 080 (8.30pm – 8.30am) – National Coronavirus Helpline.
People who are elderly or have a serious health condition are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Take extra care to avoid contact with people at risk.
Your child can return to normal activity 5 days after testing positive for COVID-19. If your child continues to have symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sneezing or fever from day 6, call your GP for further advice.
Agency for Clinical Innovation
Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning, NSW Ministry of Health.
Public and primary health care.