What to do if you have Coronavirus Symptoms

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

Updated 18 May 2020

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • loss of/ change in smell or taste

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Everyone, including health and social care workers, should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or loss of/ change in smell or taste.
The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Please also see test and trace website. A picture of part of it is included below


Read the NHS advice about staying home, including how long to isolate for.


Covers what to do to prevent it, what are the symptoms, what to do if symptoms, what to do if worse (111).

Wash hands vital 20s (how to hand wash at 220), avoid face-touching,

self-isolation at 3min 17 – if live with others sleep alone door shut,have bath at end, do not share toiletries, double-bagged waste.

If test +ve sepately disposed off, shopping on line or otehrs – get left on doorstep

face-touch avoidance at 5min



Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Advice in other parts of the UK

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