Your child is only likely to get infected if they come into close contact with someone with Covid-19. Close contact is defined as either face to face contact under 1 metre for more than a minute or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
Many more children are being infected with Covid-19 but for most it remains a very mild illness. Most of the severe cases have been in elderly people with medical conditions such as heart problems or lung disease. Children with chronic health problems such as asthma do not appear to be at more risk, however all children aged five years and over are being offered a vaccination.
If you are worried about your child's breathing and are not sure if they need to be seen by a healthcare professional, more information on coughs and colds can help you decide.
Our local and regional paediatric services are well set up and have detailed plans in place to treat and support all children who have severe a COVID-19 disease. There is a national plan in place for children that require intensive care support (PICU).
Social distancing is the most effective way of minimising the spread of COVID-19. You may choose to limit the close contact you have with people you do not usually live with. These are personal choices and it is important to consider that others may wish to continue to take a more cautious approach.
It is extremely important to realise that not every child with a fever has COVID-19. All the other conditions that can make children unwell are still ongoing during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are not sure if your child is unwell and whether they need to be seen by someone, take a look at the red / amber / green criteria below to help you decide.