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Child in DD class has Covid-19

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Vestandpants Sat 05-Sep-20 22:35:35

He’s tested positive on Friday, poor thing is feeling so poorly.

They only went back on Thursday so I’m wondering if he picked it up beforehand?

Anyway, I’m to keep our DD off for 14 days now.
My question is do I have to stay off work?
I genuinely can’t afford the bills if I have to stay off as my work don’t pay me if I’m off.

Should I just go to work and only take time off if my own DD shows symptoms (very tempted)

Help!

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cantkeepawayforever Sat 05-Sep-20 22:38:17

From the 'self isolation' point of view, you can go to work as normal, as it is only your DD - the direct contact of the positive case - who has to self-isolate. You only have to self isolate if she shows symptoms and tests positive.

From the logistical / childcare point of view, you may have to have time off to look after her, as she cannot go out or see anyone outside the household.

So the answer depends on your particular circumstances.

Drowninginwashing Sat 05-Sep-20 22:39:41

I'm not sure about whether you need to stay off, but I'm pretty sure if you do, your employer has to pay you SSP.

Cookerhood Sat 05-Sep-20 22:42:00

You don't have to stay off, as pp said, unless your daughter has symptoms. The child will have picked it up before going back to school.

cantkeepawayforever Sat 05-Sep-20 22:42:11

Drowninginwashing

I'm not sure about whether you need to stay off, but I'm pretty sure if you do, your employer has to pay you SSP.

I think this is the case if you have to self isolate yourself - which the OP doesn't have to yet - but I am not sure whether it is if the OP just has to be at home to supervise a younger child who cannot be home alone but is self isolating?

Hibbetyhob Sat 05-Sep-20 22:44:21

You don’t have to self isolate, so just depends on whether your dd needs childcare or not.

With primary age dc, them needing to isolate in this sort of circumstance is causing me a lot of stress!

Keepdistance Sat 05-Sep-20 22:52:42

It can be as little as 1d but can be average 5d.
He would have been most infectious those 2d before he tested positive. Let us know if it has spread as the gov are still saying it is low risk of a child spreading.

guilttripjourno Sat 05-Sep-20 23:06:38

Just go to work.
People can be assymptomatic as well, so go ahead and work freely at your workplace. That child's parents were selfish as they must have known.

guilttripjourno Sat 05-Sep-20 23:12:21

Due to this selfish attitude Covid 19 will not be controlled. If you worked at my workplace, I would be praying for everyone's safety.

Mummyto3gorgeousgirlies Sat 05-Sep-20 23:20:43

Officially only your DD needs to isolate. And she needs testing if has symptoms and you/rest of household only have to isolate if she is tested and is positive. Personally if it were me I’d work from home but that is an option for me and keep clear of everyone but I appreciate that’s not an option for all lines of work... I wish you good luck and good health x

Freddiefox Sat 05-Sep-20 23:25:19

guilttripjourno

Due to this selfish attitude Covid 19 will not be controlled. If you worked at my workplace, I would be praying for everyone's safety.

That’s great, how long can you do that go though?
I made the mistake of paying my staff 100% when furloughed. Wish I hadn’t as now may have to make redundancies as it’s not picking up

stardance Sat 05-Sep-20 23:43:24

That child's parents were selfish as they must have known.

Can I ask how they must have known? Could he not have gone to school perfectly fine then developed symptoms at home that evening? They might have sent him in knowing he had symptoms of course but not necessarily.

SonjaMorgan Sat 05-Sep-20 23:45:38

If you need the money then what else can you do OP? In a perfect world we could all take time off to help stop the spread. But mortgages and bills need paying. I can't feed my DC on morals.

ineedaholidaynow Sat 05-Sep-20 23:45:59

Is your DD ok to look after herself at home?

PurpleDaisies Sat 05-Sep-20 23:47:57

Due to this selfish attitude Covid 19 will not be controlled. If you worked at my workplace, I would be praying for everyone's safety.

The op doesn’t have to isolate according to official rules.

I wish people would stop making up their own rules and castigating people for not following their version.

Crunchymum Sat 05-Sep-20 23:48:30

Child went to school on Thursday, positive test on Friday?

How and when did he get the test?

Charleyhorses Sun 06-Sep-20 00:00:10

I had from 23rd March til 3rd August with zero pay as I changed my job in March. My secondary school dd goes back next week. I won't be taking 2 weeks off unless there is an absolute rule that I have to and she shows symptoms. That's not a luxury we all have.

ChickenwingChickenwing Sun 06-Sep-20 00:01:58

*He’s tested positive on Friday, poor thing is feeling so poorly.
**
*They only went back on Thursday

This doesn't make much sense OP.

TW2013 Sun 06-Sep-20 00:04:34

Say your dd has caught it from him on Thursday, she would probably not be symptomatic until Tuesday or Wed as average time to symptoms is about 5 days (I know that this varies but we have to bear in mind that if OP is not pragmatic about this she could be at home off and on for months). If she develops it she will have been contagious two days before so say Sunday and Monday. Even if you catch it tomorrow you are unlikely to be contagious until about Thursday by which time you will be looking after sick dd. I think I would be more cautious if she had sat next to him all day Thursday than if he was on the other side of the classroom.

You do not have to isolate under the guidelines, only if dd has symptoms/ tests positive. I would though try to socially distance both from dd and from other people at work etc. to minimise the risk.

Frazzled2207 Sun 06-Sep-20 00:09:39

Hello
Don’t quite understand if he got a positive result on friday he must have been tested on Thursday or perhaps before, but went to school?
Has school actually said your dd needs to self isolate? I didn’t think one case necessarily meant this was necessary but if the child sit next to yours or they are friends it sounds sensible.

Anyway it is your daughter that needs to isolate not you. If you can wfh then great. If you can’t and she can be left safely then go to work. Hopefully your daughter will not get it.

Nicedayforawedding Sun 06-Sep-20 00:11:17

I don’t understand, if someone in the bubble is positive surely the whole bubble isolates for 14 days?

TW2013 Sun 06-Sep-20 00:16:04

I don’t understand, if someone in the bubble is positive surely the whole bubble isolates for 14 days?

Yes so OP's Dd needs to self isolate but OP is not in the same bubble as the boy so only needs to self isolate if her dd has symptoms/ tests positive.

MadameBlobby Sun 06-Sep-20 00:28:39

PurpleDaisies

*Due to this selfish attitude Covid 19 will not be controlled. If you worked at my workplace, I would be praying for everyone's safety.*

The op doesn’t have to isolate according to official rules.

I wish people would stop making up their own rules and castigating people for not following their version.

This

Jenasaurus Sun 06-Sep-20 00:42:04

From what you say the child did have symptoms as you said they were really poorly, which must be why they got tested, I assume they got tested on the Thursdayand still went to school until they got the positive result on the Fridat, in which case the parents were wrong to send in a poorly child awaiting test results for Covid.

toodlepipsqueaks Sun 06-Sep-20 02:23:24

I think strictly speaking you're allowed to go to work, but what would you do about childcare for DD? Is she ok on her own? As I'm not sure you can really bring someone in to keep an eye on her unless they can stay completely separate.

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