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What to do if a child develops a respiratory infection?

When a guardian notes that a child has symptoms of an infection, the child cannot go to school or kindergarten/preschool.

A child should be taken for a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms that are appropriate for a coronavirus infection in the opinion of a parent or healthcare professional.

If the symptoms are mild and if the child is not known to have been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus, and if no one in the family has traveled in the previous 14 days, the symptoms can be monitored at home without testing. However, the child cannot go to school or kindergarten/preschool with any kind of infection symptoms.

If a child has sniffles caused by allergies, scattered sneezes, or if their nose begins to run when going out but ends by the time returning indoors, the child can go to school or early childhood education as long as their general condition is otherwise normal and there are no symptoms of infection.

If the symptoms completely disappear during the monitoring at home, there is no need to go for the test. The child can return to school or early childhood education after one day without any symptoms.

If the test result is negative, the child may return to school or early childhood education when he or she is recovering, even if the symptoms have not completely subsided.

If the test is taken but the results are delayed, the child can return to school or early childhood education after one day without any symptoms, if the child is not known to have been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus and no one in the family has traveled in the previous 14 days.

One negative corona test result from the same family at the same time is enough. It is not necessary to test all the children in a family.

If a child's respiratory symptoms persist, he or she does not need to be tested repeatedly if the symptom remains the same.

Schools or early childhood education must NOT require a report of a negative test result.

The units responsible for diseases in a municipality or hospital district may issue detailed instructions on testing practices in children based on the regional epidemic situation.