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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirusare:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)
  • shortness of breath
  • loss or change in smell or taste

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.


Latest guidance

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members 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.

If any other members of the household develop symptoms within that 14 day period then they must self-isolate for 10 days from the point they displayed symptoms. This may mean they need to self-isolate for longer than 14 days

For example if they develop symptoms on day 13 they will need to self-isolate for a total of 23 days.

The person who first displayed symptoms in the household can stop self-isolating after 10 days.

Read the latest stay at home guidance from the Government.

Book a test

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you can book a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.

Self-isolation

If you have possible or confirmed coronavirus you will need to self-isolate. 

If you test positive for coronavirus or are alerted by NHS Test and Trace it is the law to self-isolate. Fines are in place for those breaking the rules starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offenders.

You can find in-depth information about self-isolation on the NHS website, and on Public Health England.

Self-isolation means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • avoid visitors to your home - it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off items but these should be left outside and you should avoid making physical contact

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started. If your symptoms do not improve after 10 days then contact NHS 111.

If you still have a temperature after 10 days then you need to continue to self-isolate until your temperature returns to normal.

If you live with others and you have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members 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.

If any other members of the household develop symptoms within that 14 day period then they must self-isolate for 10 days from the point they displayed symptoms. This may mean they need to self-isolate for longer than 14 days.

For example if they develop symptoms on day 13 they will need to self-isolate for a total of 23 days.

The person who first displayed symptoms in the household can stop self-isolating after 10 days.

Read the latest stay at home guidance from the government.

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You'll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you've recovered.