Last updated - 04/04/2022
Symptoms of a COVID-19 infection
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater).
A new continuous cough is where you:
- have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
- have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
- are coughing more than usual
A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.
Loss of taste/smell
Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require Admission to hospital.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
If you’ve developed possible Covid-19 symptoms please follow national advice on self isolation, even if you think your symptoms are mild. Due to the Covid-19 Assessment Centres closing, from Monday 4th April, you can contact the surgery if:
- your symptoms worsen during self-isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group
- breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group
- you have symptoms that you can no longer manage at home
If your GP is closed, phone 111
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Testing for COVID-19
Please follow the advice on NHS Inform to arrange testing (only if you are symptomatic)
How to avoid catching COVID-19
You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading the infection by:
- avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
- maintaining good hand hygiene
- avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone
- covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use
- wash hands regularly