What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms or advised to self-isolate


Check your symptoms:

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

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means 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 loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

In addition, the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid-19 (currently the most common) may bring on symptoms such as:

  • a headache
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing

In young people, Covid infection can get mistaken for a cold or even hay fever.

Most people in England are no longer advised to get tested. If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a Covid-19 test yourself. You can buy a Covid-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.  

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