COVID-19 Symptoms Letter

COVID-19 Symptoms Letter

COVID-19 Symptoms Letter

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s)

According to research from the Covid Symptom Study app* published 7th September 2020 over half (52%) of children school aged children who tested positive for Covid don’t log any ‘adult’ classic symptoms (cough, fever, anosmia) in the week before and after the test. In addition, a third (33%) of children who tested positive for COVID never logged any of the 20 symptoms listed in the App suggesting many children are asymptomatic.   

To help support parents in making the right decision about when to send children to school the app has published the research which has highlighted that children display a different range of symptoms compared to the overall adult population. The top five symptoms in school aged children who test positive for COVID are:

  • Fatigue (55%)
  • Headache (53%)
  • Fever (49%)
  • Sore throat (38%)
  • Loss of appetite (35%).

This was different compared to the App’s data on adults; fatigue (87%), headache (72%), loss of smell (60%), persistent cough (54%) and sore throat (49%). In addition to this, research from the app has also found that one in six (15%) children who test positive for COVID also present with an unusual skin rash.  

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London has said:                                                       

“Getting children back to school and keeping them in school is a priority, so it is essential that we understand how COVID-19 affects children and highlight the potential differences. Knowing that children present less often with respiratory symptoms and are more likely to be suffering from headaches, fatigue and skin rashes, will help parents make the right decisions to keep them at home until they feel better.”

We hope you find this helpful, but should you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Mandy Collier King


*The COVID Symptom Study App was developed and is managed by health science company ZOE. Research using data from the app is being undertaken by academics at King’s College London. The findings are based on the data from 198 children with positive tests and roughly 15,800 negative tests, making it currently one of the largest studies of COVID positive children in the UK. 

The COVID Symptom Study app allows parents to log the health of their children with its multiple profile setting. Currently the app has nearly 250,000 children on the app, but in order to help increase the accuracy of hotspot detection and help to further research the symptoms in children, more children are urgently needed. The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store