[Update] The latest health advice about Coronavirus (Covid-19)
May 19th, 2020
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a condition which primarily affects your lungs and airways.
Over the past few months, the recognised symptoms of Coronavirus have slightly changed, as GPs and health specialists have learnt more about the virus.
This week the NHS announced that loss or change to your sense of smell of taste are one of the new and recognised symptoms, as well as a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.
Symptoms of Covid-19
- High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- 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).
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
What to do if you think you have Covid-19
If you have a:
- High temperature
- New, continuous cough
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Call the NHS 111 number – which will tell you what to do and help you get a test if you need one.
Do not go to hospital or your GP surgery.
Babies and children
Trust your parental instinct and if your baby or child seems very unwell, call 111 or 999.
Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)
If your symptoms are mild, NHS 111 will usually advise you and anyone you live with not to leave your home. This is called self-isolation.
- Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started.
- Anyone who does not have symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.