The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new, continuous cough – this means a coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing
episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to
measure your temperature)
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
- Get a coronavirus test. Do not delay.
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days, even if they feel well. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
- It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
- If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
- If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.
- Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household.
- Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.
- If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Source: www.nhs.uk and www.gov.uk