My child has Corona – Do we parents have to be in quarantine?

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If your child’s corona test is positive, you have to go into quarantine. But are parents affected too? Or are they allowed to go to the workplace?

In schools, children are currently being tested several times a week for the Coronavirus* tested. But daycare children should also take a test if they show symptoms of a corona infection such as a runny nose, cough or fever. If the test is positive, they have to be quarantined. Parents and siblings may also have to be isolated at home – but not in every case.

The child’s corona self-test is positive – what happens now?

As soon as the rapid corona test, which is carried out at school, shows a positive result in your child, this is considered a suspected corona case and the child has to go home in quarantine. The pediatrician issues a sick note for this period. While the school informs the health department and sends classmates home in voluntary self-isolation, the child’s parents concerned have to agree Carry out a PCR test on your child leave. The latter also applies if a self-test was carried out at home.

If the PCR test is also positive, the parents will be contacted by the health department and a decision lasting several days Quarantine imposed on the child (In the case of vaccinated young people who fall ill despite corona immunization, the quarantine period should be shorter). With a few exceptions, your child is not allowed to leave the home or receive visitors during domestic isolation – even if they are not showing any symptoms. The responsible health authority will inform you about the point in time from which your child can attend daycare or school again and whether a free test is required.

Your child was only quarantined as a contact person of a corona-positive person? Then the following quarantine regulations apply to the parents.

School children have to do a corona test several times a week. © Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

Do parents and siblings also have to be in quarantine?

The regulation on the quarantine obligation is determined by the respective state ordinance. In Bavaria, for example, the following currently applies: If close contacts, i.e. parents or siblings, fully vaccinated and if they do not show any corona symptoms, they must not in quarantine (as of November 11, 2021). The reason: According to the current state of knowledge, the risk of transmission from vaccinated people is significantly lower. If typical corona symptoms occur despite vaccination, the health department can still order quarantine. Incidentally, the same applies to recovered family memberswho were diagnosed with Covid-19 no more than six months ago.

for unvaccinated parents or family members in the household, however, quarantine for several days is always mandatory. You can find out how long it lasts and when you can take a free test from the responsible health authority. However, unvaccinated workers in quarantine are not entitled to continued payment of wages if they are not ill.

Can I go to work if my child is Corona positive?

Must be parents of a corona-positive child not even in quarantine, they are allowed to continue to work. They are even obliged to work, be it in the home office or at work. However, external care of the infected child by grandparents or other external care options is out of the question. If the parents cannot ensure that the child is looked after (also applies when working from home), they are also available for children under the age of twelve who are subject to quarantine children’s sick days to. This means that employees can be released from work and receive compensation for the loss of earnings child sickness benefit. The continued payment of wages is thus secured.

Parents who have to quarantine and do not show any symptoms of Covid disease may not come to work in the company, but may have to work from home. Read more about this here. * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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