Coronavirus - signs and symptoms

Updated 1st June 2020)

 
Thank you to everyone in our community for working together and protecting each other through maintaining physical distancing, good hand hygiene and staying at home as much as possible.  It has been hard but your commitment to this is appreciated.  Through our collective efforts we have reduced but not eliminated the coronavirus. We need to continue to  work together to stay safe in Frome as the lockdown is eased.
 
The government has updated it's advice about coronavirus, as follows: 

We can all help control the virus if we stay alert. This means you must: 

You can read more about what you can and can't do on the government website. 

CLICK HERE FOR CORONAVIRUS FAQ ON WHAT WE CAN NOW DO

If you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are extra steps you're advised to take to protect yourself. These extra steps are called shielding.

NHS CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

 
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

Use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do. The main symptoms of coronavirus 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

NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS SERVICE

 

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 coronavirus service to find out what to do. Do not visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. 

NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS 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