Good Morning Britain star Dr Hilary Jones has explained the symptoms children may exhibit if they are infected with COVID-19.
His remarks came as children have been returning to school, including host Charlotte Hawkins’ daughter Ella Rose, who had her first day in Year 1 on Thursday.
Dr Hilary was speaking to hosts Charlotte and Ben Shephard as he gave a run down on the latest guidance for parents.
Hilary pointed out that schoolchildren will be sharing germs with each other that could include the common cold and other minor illnesses.
But there is still a chance they could spread COVID-19, and if they do there three main symptoms, but another parents might not be aware of.
Children may exhibit the well-known symptoms which are fever, persistent dry cough, and loss of taste or smell.
But they can also experience vomiting and diarrhoea if they are infected with COVID-19.
“Children particularly seem to be affected, if they get COVID-19 which is a rarity in itself, sometimes nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea can be a symptom,” said Hilary.
“It’s not a cardinal symptom, but it can be a symptom.”
He went on: “A trial has been conducted in the States, they’ve looked at 1,000 children and found quite a significant proportion of them that had COVID-19 had had nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.
“So it’s something to be aware of, but you certainly wouldn’t want to panic if your child had a tummy upset, because it’s so very common, and usually associated with something else.
“But it can be a symptom of COVID-19.”
Hilary also commented on the news Wales has introduced a quarantine for passengers flying from Greece.
He called for all of the UK to unite in their travel guidance amid confusion as England has not introduced the same rule.