If you have symptoms
The main symptoms associated with coronavirus are a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
- Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
How to avoid spreading the infection
It’s very important to do what you can to reduce the risk of you and other people getting ill with coronavirus.
You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
- Try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- DO NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
COVID-19 and your mental health
Coronavirus headlines have focused mainly on physical health and wellness as well as the way our daily habits must change—from physical distancing to wearing masks, however we’re all facing serious challenges related to depression, anxiety and emotional exhaustion.
We want to support your mental health at this time and help you support other people you know, including children and young people.