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MB90 Fri 30-Oct-20 14:54:47

Can anyone please point me in the direction of the guidance as to whether or not I’m still able to work? I know my DS has to self-isolate but from my understand we as his parents don’t have to?

I would really appreciate some guidance, thanks

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LouiseTrees Fri 30-Oct-20 14:58:10

Currently in the same position. The coronavirus line said we didn’t but if she develops symptoms herself then clearly we should. My family who are doctors however said the most safe thing to do would be to isolate anyway.

bigchris Fri 30-Oct-20 14:59:33

I guess you could all be tested

ThankyouLinus Fri 30-Oct-20 15:01:26

My son has just finished isolating. Someone in his class bubble tested positive so he had to isolate for 14 days. The letter we received said the rest of the household can continue as normal unless he had any symptoms. However, as he's 10 years old, myself and my toddler have been isolating with him.

PotteringAlong Fri 30-Oct-20 15:01:28

Yes, you can work. All 3 of my children have been in bubbles that have burst this half term and although each individual child has had to isolate at any one time, the other 2 and me and DH haven’t had to.

LouiseTrees Fri 30-Oct-20 15:02:23

bigchris

I guess you could all be tested

Technically true and we are considering this as whilst my husband can work from home his boss isn’t too happy about it. However bare in mind even if you get a negative your little one still needs to do the isolation period because they could still be in the incubation period to get it. Maybe something worth sorting out now OP

Smurf123 Fri 30-Oct-20 15:02:30

Not much point in all testing unless you have symptoms.

Even if your dc tests negative they still have to isolate for 14 days.

according to guidelines whole dc must isolate for 14 days unless she develops symptoms (or she tests positive if you did a test without any) then you and anyone else in the household are fine to continue as normal.

UpsyDaisysarmpit Fri 30-Oct-20 15:03:28

@bigchris they only advise testing someone symptomatic.

OP, you can leave the house etc (your DS obviously can't) unless your DS develops symptoms. If there are 2 of you then you can work as long as the other one is home with DS I guess.

BigPlanes Fri 30-Oct-20 15:07:55

Your child has to self-isolate. You don’t have to but it’s probably advisable to only do what you must do?

None of you can get tests unless you have symptoms.

2anddone Fri 30-Oct-20 15:13:36

Your child has to isolate, assuming they are under 5 one of you should isolate with them as there is no way you can keep a preschooler at a 2m distance for 14 days. I would choose whichever one of you will be easier to work from home/get time off employers should be understanding in theory though I know in practice this is not always the case!

Todaywewilldobetter Fri 30-Oct-20 15:14:38

Current guidance is that you don't need to isolate. Only the close contact of the positive case needs to.

Todaywewilldobetter Fri 30-Oct-20 15:19:31

2anddone

Your child has to isolate, assuming they are under 5 one of you should isolate with them as there is no way you can keep a preschooler at a 2m distance for 14 days. I would choose whichever one of you will be easier to work from home/get time off employers should be understanding in theory though I know in practice this is not always the case!

No mention of 2m on this

bookgirl1982 Fri 30-Oct-20 15:22:07

The rest of the house carry on as normal unless the child develops symptoms.

Testing doesn't end self isolation in the case of a known contact.

UnmentionedElephantDildo Fri 30-Oct-20 15:41:53

You do not need to fully isolate, but you need to be absolutely stringent in following distancing rules and avoiding unnecessary contact with other people (in case he has got it, and you are now also incubating it and are becoming infectious yourself)

To minimise the chances of transmission within the home, you need to follow this guidance

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-to-avoid-spreading-coronavirus-to-people-you-live-with/

MB90 Fri 30-Oct-20 15:47:51

Thanks for the replies everyone.

Is anyone please able to point me towards the relevant legislation?

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Todaywewilldobetter Fri 30-Oct-20 15:48:39

UnmentionedElephantDildo

You do not need to fully isolate, but you need to be absolutely stringent in following distancing rules and avoiding unnecessary contact with other people (in case he has got it, and you are now also incubating it and are becoming infectious yourself)

To minimise the chances of transmission within the home, you need to follow this guidance

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-to-avoid-spreading-coronavirus-to-people-you-live-with/

That's not right. That link is for people with symptoms not contacts.

MB90 Fri 30-Oct-20 15:50:24

He’s a toddler, so we can’t socially distance at home.

DP’s work are happy for him to go in as normal. I’m a nurse...

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Remmy123 Fri 30-Oct-20 15:53:00

It's only your son that needs to isolate.

No need test unless he displays symptoms.

Nursury shouid have told you this

MB90 Fri 30-Oct-20 15:53:26

Why can’t I find the guidance for parents of children’s whose bubbles have burst? I think I must be being dull!

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MB90 Fri 30-Oct-20 15:54:31

@Remmy123 would you mind pointing me in the direction of your source please?

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UnmentionedElephantDildo Fri 30-Oct-20 15:55:00

Yes, I know that. But as the DC could be contagious at any point, isn't it best to minimise the chances of household transmission?

This is about what is sensible in the interests of reducing transmission, and the spirit of the law (which decrees that the DS needs to isolate) but leaves it to a mixture of regulation and guidance to say how to do that effectively.

Todaywewilldobetter Fri 30-Oct-20 15:57:09

MB90

Why can’t I find the guidance for parents of children’s whose bubbles have burst? I think I must be being dull!

I posted it a while back from NHS greater manchester. A photo

Iliketeaagain Fri 30-Oct-20 16:04:12

This happened to my dd - someone in her nursery bubble tested positive.

We got a letter from DOH / PHE stating that she should self isolate, but the rest of us could carry on with our usual activities - older dd still went to school. DH and I both took a couple of days off work as one of us needed to be with dd.

Thing was, it took nearly a week for the test result to come back and nursery to be notified, so in the end, the rest of the bubble only needed to isolate for 7 days at it had been 7 days since the child had been at nursery (I think they were erring on the side of caution as he wasn't symptomatic at nursery, just a couple of days later).

It's the same at school - one sibling could be isolating if their class bubble bursts, while the other in another class is still expected at school.

To be fair, we are quite stringent anyway, so we didn't have any concerns about her isolating, just meant we couldn't have anyone in the house other than the family.

If dd had developed symptoms at any point, we would have all strictly isolated, but the guidance was clear that only she needed to isolate unless she developed symptoms, and the rest of us were expected to carry on as normal.

OP - I would have thought your employer would have guidance, but if PHE said it was fine for you to go to work, I'd expect you'd need to have unpaid leave to cover if you are unable to work from home.

PotteringAlong Fri 30-Oct-20 16:23:54

@MB90 look at the letter that you got sent from nursery with the track and trace stuff on - the guidance is on there and that says you don’t have to isolate.

It must be a standard letter because it’s the one that I’ve got for all 3 of mine (from 3 different settings) and we send it home with our pupils (I’m a teacher).

LouiseTrees Fri 30-Oct-20 16:48:32

Do you have another adult at home/work alternating shifts with one another OP? Because even if the official guidance is you can work, who will look after the toddler?

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