NHS Advice

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Overview

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Symptoms

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

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.

Self isolation

You must stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

While you're self-isolating, you and anyone you live with must not leave your home.

If you have symptoms or you test positive (you have coronavirus), you'll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

If you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, you'll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days. This is because it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear.

Treatments overview

You can usually treat mild coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at home. If your symptoms are severe, you may need medical care until you recover.

Self care

There are things you can do to treat mild symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while you’re staying at home (self-isolating).

If you have a high temperature:

If you have a cough:

If you feel breathless:

Other treatments

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.

Diagnosis

Get a test to check for coronavirus (COVID-19) if you have any of the main symptoms.

The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You can ask for a test:

Ask for a test as soon as you get symptoms. The test needs to be done in the first 5 days of symptoms starting.

You can also sometimes get a test if you do not have symptoms. For example, if your local council asks you to get a test.

The test involves wiping a long cotton bud (swab) inside your nose and at the back of your throat.

You can get a test on the NHS website. Go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. Call 119 to get a test if you have problems using the internet.

You can choose a test site near you or get a home test kit.

Prevention

To stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading:

Follow the government's social distancing guidance about what you can and cannot do outside your home.

Guides

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus

Download the NHS COVID-19 app