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What to do if you have symptoms


The advice has changed about how long you should stay at home if you have symptoms and now considers whether you live alone or with others.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

There is also new advice on social distancing for vulnerable groups.

You should follow the guidance that applies to you as this will help to protect others in your community.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital with mild symptoms.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

The NHS will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms.

When to use the NHS 111 service

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after seven days.

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Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.