Spielwelt German Parents Association is a not for profit organisation running children’s programs in German in Canberra
sniffles and coughs: When Is It Okay To Come Back?
The health advice is clear: stay home if you are sick. This applies equally to adults and children. It applies whether it is a simple cold, flu or the dreaded coronavirus.
So, the rules at Spielwelt are:
Stay home if you are sick. Even if it is just a cold.
You can return when you are symptom-free.
The only exception is for a lingering dry unproductive cough IF it has been 14 days since your cold started AND all the other cold/flu symptoms have cleared up.
How long do you need to stay away from playgroup, playschool or scouts though?
We have sought advice from our resident doctor and infectious diseases expert to help us all clarify when children with sniffles or coughs can return to their groups. His advice is paraphrased here:
The short answer is that people can be infectious while they have symptoms. … In most cases of cold or flu, children will be infectious for around 5-7 days (but perhaps up to 2 weeks). Even after people have recovered, some may have a persistent cough for quite a while. This is usually not because they are still in any way infectious, more a reflex to the damage done to the airways that causes them to be extremely susceptible to any kind of irritation. More information about catching and caring for colds can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/
Why do I need to keep my child home when it is just a cold?
Whenever a simple cold spreads to other children and families or staff members, it means those people then also have to take time off sick or unnecessarily to isolate and get tested for coronavirus.
Do I need a note from the doctor?
There is no requirement from Spielwelt to present evidence that you have recovered from a cold or flu, or tested negative for coronavirus, in order to start attending sessions again. (Obviously, you should stay home and get tested if you suspect you might have the virus, though!)
It’s just asthma!
Children who have an asthmatic cough can attend, and are likely to have their puffer with them. Asthma is not contagious.
Our apologies and thanks
Sorry to make you stay home when you are busting to join us, folks. We know it is hard, especially for our GAP families needing to get back to work – but you are doing your bit to help protect everyone else and we all appreciate that.