Coronavirus - signs and symptoms
Updated 16th July 2021
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
The symptoms you need to be aware of 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 of, 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
(note that this video was made before the loss of sense of smell or taste was added to the list of symptoms)
If you have these symptoms use the 111 service to find out what to do. Do not visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Advice for parents
Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. The more you understand about an illness, the more it can help you feel in control.
The link below is for parents and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy. It is not meant for children who have ongoing problems such as asthma, heart or kidney problems, You should also not rely on the advice here for children who are less than 3 months old.
- Sign up for the NHS App
- Latest government coronavirus guidance
- How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus
- What to do if you think you might have coronavirus
- Use of face coverings
- Temporary changes to services
- Signs and symptoms of coronavirus
- Coronavirus isolation notes
- Information on coronavirus in different formats
- Useful links relating to coronavirus
- Volunteer to help vaccine research