Families with children after positive coronavirus self-test

If someone in your household has coronavirus, the other family members can still go outside and go to school or work if they don’t have any symptoms. If they do have symptoms they should stay at home and do a self-test. If this self-test is positive the person must self-isolate.

Personal advice: do the check

If you’re not sure what you or your child needs to do, you can check here to see what applies in your situation:

Children and self-isolation after a positive coronavirus test

Sometimes it is difficult for children to follow the same self-isolation rules as those for adults. A child does not have to stay in their room if this is not possible. 

Your child should self-isolate in their own room as far as possible

Your child should self-isolate in their own room as far as possible. They should not go outside until they are no longer infectious. 

  • A child is no longer infectious if they have had no symptoms at all for 24 consecutive hours after the 5th day after they first developed symptoms.
  • If your child is still ill after that point, discuss what to do with your doctor. 
  • If the child had no symptoms when they were tested, and did not develop symptoms after that, they are no longer infectious from the 5th day after testing positive. 

Some groups can get tested at the municipal health service (GGD)

Some groups of people can get tested at the municipal health service (GGD) if they have symptoms or they have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus. You should always go and get tested by the GGD if a self-test is not the best option for you. This applies if:

  • you live in a nursing or other healthcare institution, and you are over 70 or have severe immune system dysfunction;
  • you live at home and go to a daytime activity group, and you are over 70 or have severe immune system dysfunction;
  • you are unable to do a self-test, even with help;
  • you need proof of recovery.

Make an appointment online or call 0800 1202. Have your citizen service number (BSN) ready.

Rules for children under 4

Children with mild symptoms can go to childcare

Young children often get colds. These are normally caused by one of the many cold viruses that exist and the child soon recovers. Your child can go to childcare if they have a cold. If your child’s test or self-test is positive, they must stay at home and self-isolate.

Rules for primary and secondary school children and students under 18

More information

Watch this video made by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) to see how self-isolating works.