A runny nose, a slight cough, the first symptoms of Covid-19 are “little differentiable” those of other seasonal viruses, influenza or gastro, affecting children. So what if when you drop your children off at school, they show one of these symptoms?
A question that many parents ask themselves, to which the Ministry of Education answered in an information booklet for families, available on its website. “In case of symptoms or feeling of fever”, it is necessary, first of all, ” to take the temperature “ of the child.
According to the recommendations, it is only if the temperature is above 38 ° C that the child should be kept at home. In the event that the situation is not realized, is there a procedure for a student who presents signs of illness perceived by the teacher during the day? Here again, the department provides details. “The student is isolated with a mask under the supervision of an adult who also wears a mask. “
As a reminder, students under 11, therefore in primary and kindergarten, are not required to wear a mask. The school then takes care of contacting the parent. Parents are then “invited” to a visit to the doctor before considering any return to class.
Even if it affects children less, “We are not going to escape the cases of Covid in schools”, Professor Élise Launay, a doctor specializing in pediatric infectious diseases at the Nantes University Hospital, explained to us at the end of August. A confirmed prediction: since the start of the school year many classes have already been forced to close their doors.
Should we test the children afterwards?
Before 6 years old, it is not necessarily useful as explained Véronique Hentgen, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at the Versailles hospital in France Info. “If we do ten nasopharyngeal tests [par prélèvement dans les fosses nasales], first, it will be unpleasant. Second, it will most often be negative because the child will have something else […] If the doctor diagnoses the certain cause of the fever, for example, tonsillitis, it is not necessary to take a Covid test. If he thinks it’s a standard virus, as much as the child stays at home without a Covid test. “
And for children over 6? “Any child over 6 years of age or symptomatic adolescent (cough, and / or fever, and / or digestive disorders) must have a screening test before returning to the community unless a diagnosis of another infectious disease is made with certainty (Scarlatina, angina with GAS, enterovirus, urinary tract infections) “, specifies the French Society of Pediatrics (SFP) in its recommendations.
For children actually positive for Covid-19, they must be excluded from class for 7 days, “Possibly longer if symptoms persist, specifies the SFP. A PCR control is not necessary for the return to the community, because the transmissibility is now shown to be maximum during the incubation phase, and low after 7 days. “