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Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for children, young people and families now shielding has paused

Government advice that shielding for those people most at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been paused for the moment. This means that most people who have previously been shielding are now able to get out and about more.

There are still some groups of children and young people who should continue to shield – your clinical team will contact you if this is the case. Of course, if someone lives in an area that is now subject to ‘local lockdown’, they should continue to shield and stay at home as much as possible.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for children, young people and families

We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – particularly if your child has a long-term health condition.

This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) sets out our advice and the action we are taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. You can find guidance for specific patient groups here. Visit to meet Otto the Octopus and find out how you can help reduce the spread of infection, whether you’re out and about or visiting GOSH.

Staying safe at GOSH and outside the hospital

As we start to reopen some of our clinical services, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back into the hospital. When you arrive, you may notice that things look or run differently than previously. These extra safety measures – from social distancing starfish to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) – have been put in place to protect everyone at GOSH. (For all our patient and family information on the pandemic access our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub.)

GOSH statement on cases of children with symptoms including fever and abdominal pain

A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokesperson said: “Across the UK, a small number of very sick children have sought medical advice from the NHS with a particular set of symptoms, including a fever and abdominal pain. We are working with colleagues across the NHS to try to understand why this is, any relationship with COVID-19 and how to best treat these patients.