The three main symptoms of coronavirus are:
1. High temperature / fever
This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (if unsure ask a household member to check). You may also feel hot or cold and shivery. If you have a thermometer you can check and monitor your temperature. A temperature of 37.8 degrees indicates that you have a fever (a normal body temperature is 37 degrees)
2. 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)
3. Loss or change to your sense of smell and / 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 1 of these main symptoms.
If you're showing at least 1 symptom
If you're showing at least 1 of the above three main symptoms of the coronavirus, you and your household should immediately go into isolation and call the helpline.
This means you should stay at home.
Don't go out to work, school or college, go shopping, visit public places or use public transport.
The 3 main symptoms may be accompanied by:
- muscle ache
- sore throat
- gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhoea) can also be a feature of COVID-19 and these are more common in children than adults
- nasal congestion
- conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)
- different types of skin rash
If you do not have any of the 3 main symptoms but have one of the accompanying symptoms and have any concerns that you may have COVID, you and your household should immediately go into isolation and contact the helpline on freephone 0800 735 5566.
Asymptomatic (a carrier who shows no symptoms) transmission of COVID-19 is possible. It should be assumed that even if you are not showing any symptoms of the virus, that you may be carrying and transmitting it to others. This is more likely if you are at risk from travel or have contact with a person positive for COVID-19.
If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, you and your household should immediately go into isolation. Call the helpline on freephone 0800 735 5566
For emergencies only, including difficulty breathing, call 999.
Isolation to contain the spread of coronavirus
If you do have coronavirus symptoms, you and your household need to isolate according to the
latest Government guidance. You may be eligible for
General Public Health measures
Information on Public Health measures and how to protect yourself and others