The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Stay at home for 7 days.
Further advice on Self isolation can be accessed on the following link Self isolation
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- you’ve recently been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – For the list of countries please click here
- you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
If you work in Care Home or supporting vulnerable people then specific guidance can be found on the link here
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 can be accessed on this link