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Respiratory Virus Illness Guidance

Respiratory Virus Illness Guidance (such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV)

  • The first recommendation for people who get sick with a respiratory virus is simple: Stay home and away from others. As per the attendance policy, you are encouraged to obtain a doctor’s note to excuse your child's absence.

  • Return to normal activities when symptoms have been overall getting better, and if a fever was present, it has been gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication. If applicable, follow medical recommendations per your child's physician.

  • Once people resume normal activities, they are encouraged to take precautions for the next five days to curb disease spread, such as:

    • Taking more steps for cleaner air

    • Enhancing hygiene practices

    • Wearing a well-fitting mask

    • Keeping a distance from others, and/or

    • Getting tested to inform your actions to prevent the spread to others.

  • Recommendations on core prevention strategies:

    • Staying up to date with vaccinations to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. This includes flu, COVID-19, and RSV if eligible.

    • Practicing good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, washing or sanitizing hands often, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

    • Taking steps for cleaner air, such as bringing in more fresh outside air, purifying indoor air, or gathering outdoors.


Harvey County Health Department

Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)