At least one of the following symptoms:
fever (T > 37,5º C) with or without accompanying symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell/taste, gastrointestinal symptom(s) (diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain)
AND absence of a differential diagnosis (e.g. streptococcal tonsillitis, urinary tract infection, etc.)
Children with COVID-19 may experience the symptoms outlined in the previous section (which are the criteria for a suspected case) as well as certain other symptoms, including headache, sore throat, myalgia (muscle pain), shivering, fatigue, abdominal pain and nausea. However, these symptoms alone - that is, without any of the symptoms outlined in the previous section – are NOT sufficient to classify a child as a suspected case of COVID-19.
Detection of COVID-19 is done through diagnostic testing, either a molecular test (PCR) or a reliable rapid antigen detection test.
- A person is considered contagious 48 hours before the onset of symptoms and through the end of the isolation period, defined as 10 days after the onset of symptoms AND at least three 24-hour periods free of fever (without taking antipyretics) AND the improvement of other symptoms. In the case of patients with very serious illnesses or those taking immunosuppressing drugs, the 10-day isolation period may be greater and require up to 20 days, a period which is determined by the treating physician.
- An asymptomatic person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is considered contagious 48 hours before and up to 10 days after the date of the test.
Occurrence of at least three laboratory-confirmed cases of symptomatic or asymptomatic cases within a 14-day period in members of the same school environment, who are not family-related and who do not have close contact with each other outside the specific school unit.
Depending on the results of the epidemiological investigation by EODY and the risk assessment, decisions will be made as to if and to what extent laboratory testing will be carried out and to what extent school operation will be suspended (sections where COVID-19 cases surfaced, other class sections, etc.). It should be emphasized that the occurrence of three or more cases in a school should NOT lead automatically nor easily to the suspension of classes in the entire school unit. A meaningful risk assessment is always required.
The decision to suspend the operation of school unit sections or the entire school unit is made by the Director of Primary or Secondary Education, taking into consideration the opinion of the Head of the Directorate of Public Health and Social Welfare of the relevant Regional Unit, or that of his deputy.