If you think you might have Coronavirus symptoms

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A high temperature

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A new, continuous cough

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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

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Get a PCR test to check if you have COVID-19

You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result.

Get help from NHS 111 if:

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

Use 111 online

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

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

Find out more here

  • 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

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

Updated rules on face coverings

The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

From Friday 10 December the public, and staff in public facing areas, are required to wear face coverings in these additional settings

Find out more here

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 NHS website.

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

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.

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