COVID-19 (coronavirus) - what to do if you think you have the virus
Updated 16th July 2021
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.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you can ask for a test to check if you have the virus.
You might also be able to get a test, even if you don't have symptoms of coronavirus.
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.
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- Temporary changes to services
- Signs and symptoms of coronavirus
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