13 Aug 2022

What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways

What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?

People are asked not to go to pharmacies if they have Covid-19 symptoms. Picture - Tom Heaney/nwpresspics

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have either of the following symptoms;
• a high temperature (fever) – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back or a thermometer reads 37.8 degrees C or higher
• a new, continuous cough – this means you've recently started coughing repeatedly

How do I get medical advice?
• Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital unless you have been told to do so;
• phone NHS 111 if you need medical advice;
• you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home;
• phone your GP if you; are very unwell or have a health condition that means you are usually called for the annual flu jab, or have problems with your immune system;
• if you have symptoms other than fever or cough, they could be caused by another illness. If you feel that you need advice from a GP, please phone them.

Do I need a test for coronavirus?
• Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

How long should I stay at home?
• If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days. After seven days you can return to normal activities as long as you do not have a high temperature (fever);
• if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

When self-isolating:
• Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home;
• ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home;
• stay at least two metres (about three steps) away from other people in your home if possible;
• sleep alone, if possible;
• wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water;
• If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days;
• If you have to stay at home with other people, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

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