COVID-19 Questions and Answers
During the second lockdown, will school be open?
Yes, schools, collages and Universities remain open.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
new continuous cough and/or
fever (temperature of 37.8°C or higher)
Loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Children may also display gastrointestinal symptoms.
What is the mode of transmission?
COVID-19 is passed from person to person mainly by large respiratory droplets and direct contact (close unprotected contact, usually less than one metre). These droplets can be directly inhaled by the person, or can land on surfaces which another person may touch which can lead to infection if they then touch their nose, mouth or eyes.
What is the incubation period?
The incubation period (i.e. time between exposure to the virus and developing symptoms) is between 1 and 14 days (median 5 days).
When is a person infectious?
A person is thought to be infectious 48 hours before symptoms appear, and up to seven days after they start displaying symptoms.
Are children at risk of infection?
Children of all ages can catch the infection but children make up a very small proportion of COVID-19 cases with about 1% of confirmed cases in England aged under 19 years. Children also have a much lower risk of developing symptoms or severe disease.
Can children pass on the infection?
There is some uncertainty about how much asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic children can transmit the disease but the evidence so far from a number of studies suggests children are less likely to pass it on and do not appear to play a major role in transmission. Most children with COVID-19 have caught the infection from adults and not the reverse. This is unlike ‘flu.
Why is PPE not recommended for teachers and children?
Transmission of COVID-19 is usually through droplets; the mainstay of control measures are minimising contact and thorough hand and respiratory hygiene. When these measures are maintained, and symptomatic persons are excluded, the risk is minimal.
Can I still use public trnasport?
Yes, if the journey is essential, like bringing your chldren to school. However, people are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan and avoid busy times and routes on public trnasport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.
If I or someone in my family is displaying symptoms, how to I get a COVID-19 test?
Advice surrounding testing remains the same. If you have symptoms you should stay at home and book a test online or by ringing 119. To book a test, click on this link to take you to the Government online test website.
I have been told my child has been in close contact with someone who has tested posative. He/she has tested negative so can I still send my child to school?
If your child has been asked to self-isolate they must do so for 14 days, even if they have a negative test result or have no symptoms. This means they can't leave home and a parent or carer will need to stay with them as they are a minor.
Helpful Links and Documents:
Free School Meal Information:
Click here to apply for FSM https://apps2.staffordshire.gov.uk/WEB/FSMWeb/
Your child will probably be spending a lot more time online, please help the to stay safe:
Mental health and well-being:
Talking to a child worried about Coronavirus
Date: 26 March 2020
The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.
Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
See also on NSPCC Learning: How to have difficult conversations with children
Watch this short film from the NHS showing you how to wash your hands well:
Teach your child how to wash their hands with this NHS handwashing song:
Here you can find out information from the Government about how they are dealing with Coronavirus:
Here you can find out information from the NHS about Coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/