COVID-19: Advice for everyone
The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- 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've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service if you have any of these symptoms. Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Babies and children
Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child.
If they seem very unwell, are getting worse, or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Get more advice about coronavirus in children.
Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)
If your symptoms are mild you must not to leave your home. This is called self-isolation.
- Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started.
- Anyone who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.
Read more about when to self-isolate and what to do.
Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.
Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home, or outside once a day.
For more advice, see:
Links to more information about coronavirus
Government information and advice
- GOV.UK: coronavirus – guidance and support
- GOV.UK: advice for people travelling abroad
- GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK
Local outbreak advice
Work and financial support
- GOV.UK: work and financial support
- GOV.UK: check if you should go back into work
- Citizens Advice: coronavirus – if you’re worried about working
Information for health professionals
Advice in other parts of the UK
- Scotland – NHS Inform: coronavirus
- Wales – NHS Direct Wales: coronavirus
- Northern Ireland – nidirect: coronavirus
Bereavement advice and support
For information about changes to services and funeral arrangements, see bereavement advice and support.