Coronavirus – Jason Leitch Letter on testing and common colds – 31 August 2020

The letter below is from Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director – Scottish Government. It contains advice for distinguishing between the symptoms of COVID-19 and a commn cold.

The central advice can be summarised as being:

The main symptoms of COVID-19 to be aware of are:

new continuous cough

fever/high temperature

loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If a young person or a child in your care develops any of the above symptoms, they should self-isolate and you should book them a test as soon as possible at, or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Parents and carers are advised to read the letter in full.