Information on coronavirus

Find out what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, where to go for support and how you can help stop the spread.
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Updated 18 August 2021.

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 be sure to check Gov.uk.

If you think you might have coronavirus

Symptoms

  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

Most people with symptoms have at least one of these.


Many people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. This is why everyone is advised to get tested regularly.

Find out about regular rapid COVID-19 tests


What to do if you have these symptoms

  1. Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result.

Find our more and order a PCR test

Get help from NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your symptoms
  • You are not sure what to do

Use NHS 111 online

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus

If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will no longer need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive.

If you are not fully vaccinated and you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you'll need to stay at home and self-isolate. This means: 

  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas
  • Do not use public transport or taxis
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home

  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care

  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Your isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, whether this was an LFD or PCR test), and the next 10 full days. 

For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the NHS website.

Find out more

How to avoid catching or spreading germs

Do:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don't:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Face masks - when to wear one

The legal requirement to wear a face mask in all settings has now ended. However, people may wish to continue wearing them, and that personal decision should be respected.
The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas and some businesses and travel operators can even make wearing a face mask compulsory for customers and passengers.

Getting tested for COVID-19

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of tests, is available on the Government's website.

Find out more

Further information

NHS England has produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel. 

NHS common questions

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