New advice for Ontario children heading to school with sniffles or a headache


Ontario has updated its COVID-19 screening guidance for children in school. 

Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe says children with symptoms such as a runny nose or headache can now return to school or daycare after 24 hours -- if they have just one symptom and their condition improves.

Those with two or more symptoms or those with a fever or cough are still being advised to stay home until a doctor is consulted or the child tests negative for COVID-19.

Ontario has removed abdominal pain and pink eye from the list of COVID symptoms.

The Ministry of Health says it's providing updated information to help parents determine when it's appropriate for students, children and their families to be tested for COVID-19.