Children with immune compromise already take precautions to prevent infection. Most children with immune suppression will be considered medium or low risk, and should take the same precautions for COVID-19 as the general population. The specialist team will explain if your child should be considered at high-risk, and whether protective self-isolation is needed.
Continue physical distancing and hand cleaning practices. It is still very important to:
- Stay 2 meters away from people that are not in your household
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean hands as long as they are not visibly soiled
- Avoid touching your face
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
Learn more about protective measures against COVID-19 on the BCCDC Common questions
If you or your child has symptoms, get tested. If someone in your household has new symptoms, they should be tested for COVID-19. The sick person should isolate (stay apart) from other household members, if possible. They should isolate until they get a negative COVID-19 test result.
COVID-19 can cause many different symptoms, not just cough and fever. Learn about possible COVID-19 symptoms on the BCCDC Symptom
For children at high-risk who still require protective self-isolation. Stay at home and keep apart from other people as much as possible.
- Precautions will be discussed by your specialist on a case by case basis to see what the best safety plan is for your child.
- Your child’s specialist team can write letters to school and employers, in support of your household members staying home.