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Chest infections are common, especially with a cold or flu.
Mostly, they’re not serious and they get better after a few days or weeks. You won’t normally need to see your GP.
Coughing actually helps you clear the infection by getting rid of the phlegm (mucus) from your lungs.
Antibiotics won’t help a chest infection caused by a virus like flu or viral bronchitis. They’ll only help a bacterial chest infection.
Seek medical advice if:
If you have any of the following symptoms, however mild, you need to do a PCR test as soon as possible to make sure it isn’t Covid-19;
Self-isolate until you get your test result and only leave your home to have a test.