How are children tested for COVID-19? This video shows how it works.

Note: this animated video is based on a situation in which the child has symptoms.  It is also possible for children to be tested without symptoms if they were in contact with someone who has COVID-19. In that case, there are different rules for how long the quarantine lasts.


Testing children for coronavirus

VOICE-OVER: Here are Tim, Rachida, Fleur and Mo.
They can finally all go back to school.
It's all a bit different than usual,
because COVID-19 is still present in the Netherlands.
The coronavirus can make you ill.
That illness is called COVID-19.
Children do not usually feel poorly,
but older people sometimes become very ill.
If you have the coronavirus, you can pass it on to other people,
for example when you cough or sneeze.
Tiny droplets that are too small to see come out of your mouth.
These droplets could contain the virus.
If another child or older person breathes in these droplets,
they may also become ill.
Tim might have COVID-19, so he's not allowed to go school.
Tim's mother will take him to a special doctor,
who will check if Tim has COVID-19.
The doctor tells Tim how the test works, and then Tim can ask the doctor anything.
During the test, the doctor uses a cotton swab
to take a little bit of mucus from Tim's nose and throat.
It may sound a bit odd, but it doesn't hurt.
It just feels a little strange.
Count to ten slowly, and it will be over by the time you're done.
After the test, Tim will stay home for another day.
Once he hears from the doctor that he does not have COVID-19,
he can go back to school, back to his friends.
Testing is very important.
Testing is how we keep other people from getting COVID-19 as much as possible.
When you get tested, you are helping too, just like Tim.

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