Coronavirus - signs and symptoms

Updated 16th July 2021

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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

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A SHORT VIDEO FOR AN EXPLANATION OF THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS 

(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. 

NHS 111 ONLINE SERVICE

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. 

WHEN SHOULD I WORRY? YOUR GUIDE TO COUGHS, COLDS, EARACHE AND SORE THROATS

 

CLICK HERE FOR LINKS TO GOVERNMENT AND NHS INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS