Bulletin on new THL guidelines

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2020-09-01 8:56

What to do when your child contracts a respiratory infection? 

When a guardian finds that a child shows symptoms of an infection, the child must not attend early childhood education. 

The child should be taken to be tested if the guardian or a healthcare professional assesses that he or she shows symptoms of a coronavirus infection. 

In case of mild symptoms, and if the child is not known to have been exposed to a confirmed case of the coronavirus, and no one in the family has travelled during the previous 14 days, the symptoms may be monitored at home without testing. However, a child showing symptoms may not attend early childhood education. 

If the child suffers from an allergic response, individual sneezes or if their nose starts to run when going out but this stops indoors, the child may attend early childhood education, as long as their general condition is otherwise normal and there are no symptoms of an infection. 

If the symptoms subside completely under monitoring, you do not need to go have a test taken and you can return to early childhood education after one day without symptoms. 

If the test is negative, the child may return to early childhood education when he/she is improving even if the symptoms had not completely disappeared. 

If the test is taken but the result is delayed, the child may return to early childhood education after one day of showing no symptoms if the child is not known to have been exposed to a confirmed case of the coronavirus and no one in the family has travelled during the previous 14 days. 

One negative coronavirus test result is sufficient for those who have fallen ill within the same family at the same time. It is not necessary to have all children in the family tested. 

If your child’s respiratory symptoms persist, you do not need to have them tested repeatedly as long as the symptoms remain the same. 

Early childhood education does not require a certificate of a negative testing result. 

The child has been tested, or a test has been reserved. What should those family members who do not show any symptoms do before the test result arrives?  

If the rest of the family do not show any symptoms, normal life may continue until the result is confirmed. Those showing any symptoms must stay at home until the test result is confirmed.  

If the child has a positive test result, the rest of the family will be subjected to quarantine under the Communicable Diseases Act, on which the infectious diseases authority of the person’s home municipality will make a decision. 

May an allergic, sneezing child attend early childhood education? 

Medication should be used to control pollen allergy symptoms well. If the symptoms clearly ease after starting an allergy medication, the child may return to early childhood education even if the symptoms have not completely disappeared. If the symptoms do not ease despite the medication, a test should be taken. If the test result is negative, the child may return to early childhood education.