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What to do if you think you have coronavirus


It is important those with symptoms of coronavirus and members of their household self-isolate to help control the spread of the virus.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) are:

  • a new continuous cough 
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of/change in smell or taste (known as anosmia)

For most people, Coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness. If you have any of these symptoms, self-isolate and book a test.

Testing

Anyone who has Coronavirus symptoms can be tested with the Get a coronavirus test service. 

Self isolation

If you live alone and you have symptoms of Coronavirus illness, however mild:

  • You must stay at home for at least ten days from when your symptoms started.
  • Arrange to have a test.
  • After ten days, if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to continue to self-isolate.
  • If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.
  • You do not need to self-isolate if you only have a cough or anosmia after ten days.
  • If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, you must stay at home for at least ten days. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, you must restart your ten day isolation from the day your symptoms started.
  • Consider alerting people who you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of Coronavirus:

  • You must stay at home for at least ten days. After ten days if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to continue to self-isolate.
  • If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.
  • All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • Consider alerting people who you do not live with and have had close contact within the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.

More information on self isolation is available at: Gov.uk: Stay at home - guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Support for vulnerable people who are self-isolating

If you have to self isolate, and you don't have friends, family or neighbours to help you, find more support available locally: Get help if you're self-isolating.

Government guidance 

Ask a question

If this page doesn't answer your question, you can use our COVID-19 general enquiry form and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

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