Research indicates that children and adolescents are just as likely to become infected as any other age group and can spread the disease.

Evidence to date suggests that children and young adults are less likely to get severe disease, but severe cases can still happen in these age groups.

Children and adults should follow the same guidance on isolation if are showing symptoms. It is particularly important that children avoid contact with older people and others who are at risk of more severe disease. Quarantine is no longer required for anyone who has been exposed to other people with COVID-19; if they become symptomatic, they should isolate for 7 days.