Covid-19: Signs and symptoms

Covid-19: Signs and symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are:

  • High temperature – You feel hot to touch on your chest or back (You don't need to take your temperature)
  • New, continuous cough – Coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes a day (If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms above:

  1. Get a test - Check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home - Both you and anyone you live with should only leave your home to have a test, and you should not have visitors until you get your test result and it is negative.

Anyone in your support bubble - that is where, if you live alone or just with your children you can meet people from one other household - should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms began or during the 48 hours before they started.

Find out more

The latest government advice including information on coronavirus symptoms, what to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms and advice for at risk groups including people who have an immune or respiratory condition, those who are are pregnant and people who are over 70 is available here.



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