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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 7 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 7 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 20 days.

The person who first displayed symptoms in the household can stop self-isolating after 7 days.

Read the latest stay at home guidance from the Government.

Self-isolation

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

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.