If you or someone else gets ill

You or someone you live with might get symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus). There are important things to do if you or someone you live with gets poorly from it.

Here we explain the symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus) and what to do.

Symptoms of Covid-19

Covid-19 is a new illness and is caused by the coronavirus.

There are three main symptoms of Covid-19…

  1. A new cough where you cough a lot for more than an hour or cough a lot three or more times a day.
  2. Having a high temperature. This means your chest and back is hot to touch.
  3. Losing your sense of taste or smell.

Some people won’t feel very poorly if they get it but some people can get very poorly if they get it.

What to do if you think you have symptoms

If you get one or both of these symptoms you should self-isolate for seven days if your symptoms don’t get worse. And, the people you live with should self-isolate for 14 days even if they don’t get symptoms. Click here to find out about self-isolating.

If you start to feel unwell you should tell someone you trust.

If you start to find breathing more difficult you should call the NHS on 111 and someone on the phone will ask you some questions.

If your breathing is too hard to talk properly you should call an ambulance on 999.

If you are unsure what to do you can talk to someone you trust.

Or you can use the NHS 111 online symptom checker. Click here to go to NHS 111 online Covid-19 symptom checker.

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