What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Infographic. The symptoms of Covid-19 are very similar to symptoms of other respiratory illnesses caused by viruses such as colds and flu. Symptoms of Covid-19. A high temperature or shivering (chills), shortness of breath, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, an aching body, a sore throat, a new continuous cough, feeling tired or exhausted, a headache, a blocked or runny nose, feeling sick or being sick, diarrhoea or a loss of appetite.
What to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19?
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and either:
- you have a high temperature
- you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities
Avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19.
You can go back to your normal routine when your high temperature has gone and you feel better.
You are no longer required to do a rapid lateral flow test or a PCR test, as free testing has ended for the general public in England. If you still want to get tested and you’re not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a Covid-19 test yourself.
You can buy a Covid-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online. Find out more here.
When to get help from NHS 111?
Call 111 or get help from NHS 111 online if:
- you’re worried about your symptoms
- you’re not sure what to do
Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
When should I get help from 111 for my child’s symptoms?
If you are worried about a baby or child under 5 please call 111.
If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts.
There is more advice for Covid-19 in children here.
Find out more about what to do if you have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19 on the NHS website.
There is also more advice on the NHS website:
– for people who are at highest risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 and are eligible for Covid-19 treatments
– about how to look after yourself at home if you have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19