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‘Don’t confuse your kid’s cold with COVID’

King’s College London Professor  Tim Spector’s research shows that a runny nose, sneezing and congestion are not symptoms of coronavirus and he says people with those symptoms should’t be getting tested.

King’s College London Professor Tim Spector’s research shows that a runny nose, sneezing and congestion are not symptoms of coronavirus and he says people with those symptoms should’t be getting tested.

A leading coronavirus expert in the UK has pointed to research showing children display a different set of COVID-19 symptoms to adults.

Top COVID symptoms in kids are different to adults 00:18:01

The recommendation in Australia has been to go get a COVID test at the slightest sign of illness. Cough? Go get tested. Sore throat? Get tested. Runny nose? It can’t hurt to go get tested.

Except kids, especially babies in daycare, have runny noses all the time. Great green rivers of snot have run down the faces of daycare enrolled children since the dawn of time and certainly since before coronavirus.

So do we need to get the kids tested when they pick up what we’re almost 100 percent sure is just another daycare lurgy?

According to one expert, the answer is no.

Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London has told parents that if kids are congested, sneezing and they have a runny nose, it’s a “sure sign” they have a cold and not coronavirus.

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