Coronavirus in children

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:


  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.

People can register for a test at, after checking their symptoms


There are 3 types of test sites:

  •  Remote test sites-drive in only
  •  Local test sites-walk in
  •  Mobile test units –these move around every few days.

 The test sites are generally open seven days a week from 8am-8pm

You can order a home test kit for yourself and up to three member of your household

Kits will be posted and are returned via Royal Mail priority box. You can find the nearest priority via this link: