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FAQ for parents

Frequently asked questions about coronavirus, children, family and school/day care

If your child or family member is infected with coronavirus (Covid-19)


What shall I do if my child has corona virus?

Contact daycare or school. Trace those persons your child has been with outside of daycare or school 48 hours before the test was taken, or 48 hours before the symptoms started. 
https://www.sst.dk/en/English/Corona-eng/Symptoms_tested-positive-or-a-close-contact

What shall I do if I, as a parent, am infected?

It is important that you, as the infected person, isolate yourself from the rest of the family. Your children must also stay at home and be tested twice.

What shall I do if I, as a parent, am infected but cannot isolate myself from the rest of the family?

If your corona-test is positive, you will get a call from the Danish Agency for Patient Safety (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed), and they can offer you to stay at the isolation facilities, if you have difficulty isolating yourself in your own home.
As an alternative, the whole family should stay home for 7 days or until 48 hours after everyone in the family is completely without symptoms. Then everyone in the family should be tested as soon as possible.

What shall I do if one of my children is infected but the rest of the family is not?

It is important to isolate your infected child from the rest of the family. Most children, however, will need one of the parents to go into isolation with them. The parent who goes into isolation with the child can be in close contact with the child and provide care, hugs and comfort.

What shall I do if one of my children is infected but we cannot isolate ourselves from the rest of the family?

If your corona-test is positive, you will get a call from the Danish Agency for Patient Safety (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed), and they can offer you to stay at the isolation facilities, if you have difficulty isolating yourself in your own home.
As an alternative, the whole family should stay home for 7 days or until 48 hours after everyone in the family is completely without symptoms. Then everyone in the family should be tested as soon as possible.

Close contacts

When are you a "close contact"?

You are a close contact if you have been close to a person infected with coronavirus.
Contact with the infected person must have taken place:

48 hours before the infected person has been tested

or

48 hours before the infected person developed symptoms

or

if you/your child has been with the infected person between the time, when the person has been tested and when he/she has received a response to the test.

What should I do if my child is in close contact with an infected person?

When you are a close contact, you must stay at home. As a close contact, you can not know if you are infected until you have been tested. Therefore, you should behave as if you are infected - until there is an answer to the test.
As a close contact, you must be tested on the 4th and 6th day of the last contact with the infected person. If the contact is Monday, you should be tested on Friday and Sunday.

Children who are a close contact with an infected person must stay home from day care, school, SFO, club, all leisure activities and social events.

The child should preferably have only one primary parent or caregiver these days. The child should not stay in the same room as the rest of the family and should not sleep or eat with the rest of the family. Clean the toilet and the bathroom when the child has been there. It is also important that you as a parent make sure to ventilate and clean contact points.

How do I know if my child is a close contact?

You will be contacted by, for example, day care, school, the sports club or private acquaintances. They will inform you that your child has been with a person who is infected with coronavirus.
Who contacts you depends on where the contact between your child and the infected has taken place.
Therefore, it is also important that you currently pick up the phone, even if the call comes from a number you do not know.

Who decides if my child is a close contact?

It is the National Board of Health's guidelines that determine close contacts.

The municipality's day care services and schools follow the Danish Health and Medicines Authority's definition of close contacts. See more here:

https://www.sst.dk/en/English/Corona-eng/Symptoms_tested-positive-or-a-close-contact/Contact-tracking-and-close-contacts

Why should my child be tested if the National Board of Health says that you can keep your child at home for seven days instead?

In Hvidovre Municipality, we strongly recommend that the children get tested, so that the family and the day care/school know if they are infected. But it is the parents who decide whether child should be tested or instead stay at home for seven days.

What should I do if the Smittestop app tells me, that I have been in close contact with a person who is tested positive for coronavirus?

Then you must stay home. As a close contact, you can not know if you are infected until you have been tested. Therefore, you should behave as if you are infected until there is an answer to the test.

You must stay home from work, education, leisure activities and social events until you have received a negative response to your coronatest.

 

Isolation

What does isolation mean?

Isolation means that you, as an infected or close contact, must stay at home.

If you live with others, as an infected or close contact, you must also isolate yourself from those in the family or household who are not infected or are close contacts.
This means that you must stay in separate rooms and clean the shared toilet and faucet after use. Do not use the same kitchen.
See the section on "If your child or family member is infected with coronavirus".

What do we do if someone in the family is infected but we cannot isolate ourselves from each other?

If your corona-test is positive, you will get a call from the Danish Agency for Patient Safety (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed), and they can offer you to stay at the isolation facilities, if you have difficulty isolating yourself in your own home.
As an alternative, the whole family should stay home for 7 days or until 48 hours after everyone in the family is completely without symptoms. Then everyone in the family should be tested as soon as possible.

Should one isolate oneself as close contact?

Yes, as close contact you need to stay home and isolate yourself. This applies to both children and adults.
See the section "What do I do if one of my children is infected but the rest of the family is not?"

To school or daycare again after having been sent home

When must my child return to school or daycare after having been infected with coronavirus?

If your child has had a positive corona test but has no symptoms, then your child should be home for 7 days.

If your child has had a positive corona test and has symptoms, wait until your child has been completely without symptoms for 48 hours.

When must my child return to school after having been sent home as close contact?

School children must come to school after two negative tests.

When must my child return to day care after having been sent home as close contact?

Children in day care must have two coronatest. If the first test is negative, the child can return to the institution. However, another test must still be taken.

Why is there a difference between school and day care regarding time for coming back?

The effects of the infection are very different between the schools and the daycare. In the schools there is currently more infected children than in the day care. Therefore, extra measures have been taken in the school area.

 

Leisure activities and private events

Can my child go to leisure activities while he/she is sent home as close contact?

No, as close contact, your child should stay home until he/she has been tested negative for coronavirus. At home, your child should keep a distance from the rest of the family. See section on close contact and isolation.

Can you go to private events with family and friends while being sent home as close contact?

No, as close contact, your child should stay home until he/she has been tested negative for coronavirus. At home, your child should keep a distance from the rest of the family. See section on close contact and isolation.

Can you go to the playground while you are sent home as close contact?

No, as close contact, your child should stay home until he/she has been tested negative for coronavirus. At home, your child should keep a distance from the rest of the family. See section on close contact and isolation.

If you have your own garden, terrace or balcony, your child is welcome to play out there.

Can you get playmates to visit while you are sent home as close contact?

No, as close contact, your child should stay home until he/she has been tested negative for coronavirus, and he/she should not have friends over. At home, your child should keep a distance from the rest of the family. See section on close contact and insulation.

Can you go shopping while you are sent home as close contact?

No, as close contact, your child should stay home until he/she has been tested negative for coronavirus. At home, your child should keep a distancefrom the rest of the family. See section on close contact and isolation.

Can the child go to leisure activities if he/she have received a negative test result on the 4th day test?
According to the guidelines from the National Board of Health, the child can participate in leisure activities if the test on the 4th day is negative. But the municipalities can decide that the children are not allowed to participate in school or municipal activities until after the second test, and we have decided that in Hvidovre Municipality.
At the same time, we recommend that the children wait with leisure activities until after the 2nd test. Many children are tested negativ in the first test and positive in the second test. In the meantime they may have infected others - for example during leisure og sports activities.

Travel and quarantine

If you and your family return home from a trip to a country or region to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, due to COVID-19, advises against all unnecessary travel (orange), your child must be in home quarantine for 14 days after returning home. Your child can attend school / daycare after 14 days.

You should always follow the National Board of Health's general advice in relation to the prevention of spread of infections in society.

If you and your family have been on a necessary journey, your children may attend school after two negative corona tests. You can find the definition of necessary travel on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.