COVID-19 (coronavirus) - what to do if you think you have the virus
Updated 5th January 2021
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.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
Continue to stay at home if you have either:
- 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
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Click here for more information on what to do if you or someone in household has coronavirus symptoms
Test and Trace
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you can ask for a test to check if you have the virus. This is called an antigen test.
You can ask for a free NHS test:
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms
- you've been asked to by a local council
- you're taking part in a government pilot project
If you're asking for a test for someone else, and the person is aged 13 or over, check they're happy for you to ask for a test for them.
You need to get the test done in the first 8 days of having symptoms.
For more information about the test and trace service please click the button below. This will take you to the NHS test and trace pages, which include information on asking for a test, what your test results mean, what happens if you test positive and what happens if you've been in contact with someone who tests positive.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus or live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note to send to your employer as proof you need to stay off work. You do not need to get a fit note from your GP.
Please make sure you have checked the NHS coronavirus advice before using this service.
- Our latest practice update on coronavirus
- Sign up for the NHS App
- Latest government guidance
- COVID-19 vaccinations
- How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus
- What to do if you think you might have coronavirus
- Use of face coverings
- Information for patients who are shielding
- Support for people who are shielding
- Temporary changes to services
- Signs and symptoms
- Isolation notes
- Information in different formats
- Useful links
- Volunteer to help find a vaccine