Information about contract tracing for children

This information is for parents or guardians of a child who has tested positive for Covid-19. This information applies in Region Skåne.

It is important that the child stays home so they do not infect others. As a guardian, you must follow the Communicable Diseases Act and perform contact tracing, which means that you tell people that your child has Covid-19.

When can your child go back to preschool or school?

The child should stay home for at least seven days from the time they developed symptoms. Their health should also have generally improved and they must have been fever-free for two days.

This information is only available in Swedish.

Steps your child and everyone they live with should take

While your child is infectious, they and everyone they live with should do the following:

  • Do not go to preschool, school, work or any other activity.
  • Avoid coming in contact with anyone other than those in your household.
  • Do not go to shops or the pharmacy.
  • Do not travel by public transport.
  • Wash your hands frequently, use your own towel, and cough into the crook of your arm or a tissue.

If your child needs medical care, make sure you tell the healthcare professional that they have Covid-19. If you as an adult or anyone else in the family needs medical care, you should say that you are household contacts of a person with Covid-19.

How the testing process works

Those of you who live with the child should be tested 5 to 7 days after the child was tested, even if you don’t have any symptoms. Children who have not started lower secondary education yet do not need to get tested.

All those over the age of 6 who live with the child should get a test if any of you have symptoms of Covid-19. If so, wait at least 24 hours to take a test from the time you developed symptoms.

Your child does not have to take another test to check whether they are no longer infectious. Tests may come back positive for a long time even though the person is not deemed to be infectious to others.

Checklist for parents or guardians

This is what you should do now:

  • Tell your child

You need to tell your child that they have Covid-19. Also explain to them what they can and cannot do now. Help your child act in the right way.

  • Read the steps that household contacts need to take

Information and rules of conduct for household contacts

  • Tell everyone that lives with the child

You and everyone else who lives with your child are counted as their household contacts. All household contacts must follow the steps.

  • Contact every “close contact” of your child

A close contact is a person your child has met for at least 15 minutes within a distance of 2 metres. This also applies if it was outside. Count from 48 hours before your child developed symptoms of Covid-19 until now. If your child does not have any symptoms, you should start counting 48 hours from the day your child took the test.

  • Contact any preschool, school or activity that your child has attended

Ring the headteacher, teacher or other person responsible for the activity in question and explain that your child has Covid-19.

If you or anyone else who lives with the child requires disease carrier allowance, you can apply for this on the website of Försäkringskassan.

How to perform contract tracing

The most important part of contract tracing is informing people your child may have infected. You should therefore start contact tracing as soon as you get your test results.

  1. Call, text or email everyone your child has been in close contact with and let them know that they may have been exposed to infection.

  2. Ask them to read the following information:

Information and rules of conduct for household contacts The text is available in Swedish and English.

Information for other close contacts (Information till andra nära kontakter) This information is only available in Swedish.

  1. Tell people who do not live in your child’s household that they should get tested if they develop symptoms within 14 days from when they had contact with your child, and let them know that they should spend time with as few people as possible during this 14-day period.

Suggestions for what you can write

“Hi, I just found out that my child has Covid. I am contacting you as part of the contact tracing system. As you were both in contact recently, it is possible that you have been infected.

You should therefore read this version (in Swedish):

It is also important that you get tested if you either have or develop any symptoms.”

We will call you within 48 hours

Someone from Kry will call you and discuss contact tracing. This person will ask questions and help you with contact tracing.

  • We will call you no later than 48 hours after you receive your results.
  • We will call from a private number between 08:00–19:00.
  • We also call during weekends.

We can help you inform others

If there is anyone that you cannot or do not want not inform, let the person from Kry know this when they call. We can then help you inform these people.

You need to give us certain information so we can help you. We need the following information about people you believe your child may have infected:

  • the person’s name.
  • the person's phone number.
  • the date when you may have infected the person.

Last updated 2021-04-21