Thunder Bay – COVID-19 Update – It is hard today for many people. If you have a cough, a sniffle, or even just feel tired, the first thing that likely crosses your mind is “Is it COVID?”
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit also realizes that this is especially problematic for children.
The TBDHU says, “If your child isn’t feeling well or has any signs of illness that are not linked to a known condition (such as allergies), they should stay home from school, even if the symptoms are not COVID-related.
“They should seek assessment from their health care provider if symptoms worsen. Once the non-COVID symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours and the child feels well enough, they can go back to school. A COVID-19 test is not required for them to return to class.”
If any of the following COVID-19 symptoms develop, it is time for a COVID-19 test:
* Fever (temperature of 37.8°C/100°F or higher)
* Coughing or barking cough (croup) (continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing, not related to other known causes e.g. asthma, COPD)
* Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, not related to other known causes or conditions e.g. asthma)
* Decrease or loss of taste or smell (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions e.g. neurological disorders)
* Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (not related to other known causes or conditions e.g. transient vomiting due to anxiety in children, chronic vestibular dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, side effect of medication)