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Work in a school should I go in with viral conjunctivitis?

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Zofloramummy Fri 30-Oct-20 21:48:04

So I have a dilemma, I’m just at the end of a 2 week isolation period due to my dd’s class bubble bursting. I work in a secondary school as a one to one teaching assistant with a child who has vulnerable health conditions.

I’m not feeling very well, I’m tired and achy, I’ve got conjunctivitis in my eye affecting my vision and a sore throat. I’ve no idea how I’ve managed to catch something having been locked up for 2 weeks!! However it doesn’t fit any of the Covid symptoms so I’m not surprised panning in getting tested as I suspect it is a different winter virus.

However what do I do about work? Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and I feel poorly but I’m aware that it’s going to look terrible to be off sick straight after a two week absence (one week was half term) for Covid.

Advice anyone?

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Zofloramummy Fri 30-Oct-20 21:49:03

*planning on, no idea how surprised came up 😊

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GreyWall Fri 30-Oct-20 21:50:21

Ask your manager.

ScrapThatThen Fri 30-Oct-20 21:51:34

Well, they are not the three main symptoms but it certainly could be. I would ask gp for advice they may suggest a test.

Zofloramummy Fri 30-Oct-20 22:26:55

I rang 111 and they suggested I got tested, I’m booked into a walk-in tomorrow.

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Zofloramummy Fri 30-Oct-20 22:40:57

Also found some research that links conjunctivitis with Covid. That’s not great confused

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StoneColdBitch Sat 31-Oct-20 00:51:53

Public Health England guidance is that children should NOT be excluded from school or nursery due to conjunctivitis. So the answer to your thread title is yes, there's no reason why you can't work in a school while you have conjunctivitis.

The real issue is that you're tired, achy, and have blurred vision. Speak to your line manager, but as a general rule, if you're not feeling well enough to work, you shouldn't go to work!

scorpiomoon Sat 31-Oct-20 01:01:57

Let us know how you get on - I'd be really interested to know because just before and into lockdown I caught conjunctivitis from my youngest ( they had it mild ) none of if had ever had it before and I had it the worst! Bloody awful literally pouring out 🤢Woke up Mother's Day and couldn't open one eye - I also felt groggy like a hangover for a week . So it makes me wonder ! Hope you feel better soon x

BawJaws Sat 31-Oct-20 01:05:07

My friend had tv bad conjunctivitis and some other symptoms, Itchy sore eyes and a sore throat at the start of lockdown ...... Covid !

grassisjeweled Sat 31-Oct-20 01:06:05

I'd be staying home

Terrace58 Sat 31-Oct-20 01:09:46

It doesn’t matter if it won’t look good, you can’t go to work with a highly contagious disease like viral conjunctivitis.

ScrapThatThen Sat 31-Oct-20 18:02:41

Hope you are feeling ok OP x

BoulangerieBabs Sat 31-Oct-20 18:07:52

I had conjunctivitis when I had Covid.

Zofloramummy Sat 31-Oct-20 20:11:21

I’ve basically slept all afternoon, I’ve no appetite and things taste off. I’ve also got mid back/shoulder blade aches and I feel wiped out. My plans to carve a pumpkin (thank you Tesco in-line delivery) and watch a scary movie with dd haven’t happened. I seem to be brighter in the mornings so we are going to delay Halloween until tomorrow. I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself to be honest!

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Zofloramummy Sat 31-Oct-20 20:13:41

@ScrapThatThen thank you

@BoulangerieBabs that’s interesting, what other early symptoms did you have?

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MiniMaxi Sat 31-Oct-20 20:15:09

Things taste off? Does sound like it could be Covid OP. Spoke to a colleague this week whose only symptoms were a cold and bloodshot eyes (positive test). Get well soon.

womanaf Sat 31-Oct-20 20:16:55

Everything you’ve said could be Covid.

1stV45 Sat 31-Oct-20 20:20:04

NHS website says there's no need to stay away from work or school for conjunctivitis sonic it was "just" that you should go to work but if you're not well enough you're not well enough.

Feel better soon.

BillysMyBunny Sat 31-Oct-20 20:24:43

Changes to sense of taste can be a symptom so I think you would definitely be reasonable to isolate with your household, including not going to work/ school, until you gave your test result back.

FippertyGibbett Sat 31-Oct-20 20:26:24

Sounds like you need a test.

BoulangerieBabs Sat 31-Oct-20 20:36:53


*@ScrapThatThen* thank you

@BoulangerieBabs that’s interesting, what other early symptoms did you have?

I just felt a bit off, had bloodshot eyes that became increasingly gunky and I had the feeling of a uti.

ILoveAnOwl Sat 31-Oct-20 20:41:14

Please stay at home. Noone needs conjunctivitis on top of everything else at the minute!

Zofloramummy Sat 31-Oct-20 21:43:25

@FippertyGibbett I’ve had a test this morning at my local walk in centre.

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ShesMadeATwatOfMePam Sat 31-Oct-20 21:50:24

Seriously? You have at best a sore throat, you have conjunctivitis and you work 1-1 with a child with health conditions.

And you think you should go in and pass that lot to the child? I can't believe you even need to ask.

Zofloramummy Sun 01-Nov-20 00:23:13

@ShesMadeATwatOfMePam the nhs info on conjunctivitis stares that you can attend work and school (despite it being highly contagious). I’ve just been off for 2 weeks in isolation. As a single income household being in employment is a necessity. My symptoms have worsened over the last 24hrs and I have emailed my boss to say I won’t be in until I get my test result and I’m feeling better. I was asking for others opinions not stating I thought I should go in, I feel very guilty for being off.

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