Q: Does my child need to isolate from all activities and school for at least 5 days?
A: Yes, It is important for your child to remain in isolation and separated from other people as much as possible, even if they do not have symptoms. They should not attend in-person school or other extracurricular or social activities while they are in isolation. They should not participate in activities like sporting events, play dates, parties, social and family gatherings, music or theater performances, and other events where they might come into contact with other people. To prevent other people from possibly getting COVID-19, make every effort to limit contact between your child and other people, including other household members, during the isolation period. Even if your child is properly wearing a well-fitting mask, contact with other people should be limited.
Q: How do I calculate when isolation should start?
A: To calculate your child’s 5-day isolation period, day 0 is your child’s first day of symptoms or the date the positive viral test was collected (for people with no COVID-19 symptoms). Day 1 is the first full day after your child’s symptoms developed or the first full day after the date they were tested for people with no symptoms of COVID-19.
Q: It’s been 5 days of isolation for my child, but they still have a fever and/or other symptoms are not improving.
A: Keep your child in isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions.
Q: My child is fever-free and symptoms are improving EXCEPT their sense of taste and smell is still gone, can they come back to school after 5 days of isolation?
A: Yes, they may return. Loss of taste and smell can persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
Q: My Elementary- or Primary-aged child needs reminders about masking indoors after coming back from isolation. Can someone help remind them?
A: Yes, please let your child’s guides know and they can help with gentle reminders. Please also talk to your child about why wearing masks protects others around them.
Q: Is there any guidance for what to do when my child is sick at home with COVID-19?
A: The CDC recommends the following:
If your child is young and needs regular assistance from an adult, consider designating one person in the household to be the primary caregiver during this time, and ensure the caregiver correctly and consistently wears a mask as well.
Monitor your child’s symptoms
. If they develop an emergency warning sign, seek emergency medical care immediately. Emergency warning signs include trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion; the inability to wake up or stay awake; and pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds (depending on skin tone).
Your child should avoid contact with other members of the household and pets by staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
Your child should avoid sharing personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
Your child should properly wear a well-fitting mask when around other people, including others within their household. If your child requires a caregiver, please consult CDC’s advice on caring for someone sick
to protect the caregiver and others.