The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough
- sore throat
- loss of sense of smell or taste
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- When self-isolating do not go to a GP, Pharmacy or Hospital
- If you need medical help whilst self- isolating, call 111
- this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
- sleep alone, if that is possible.
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
- stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
- you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation.
If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
No one needs a sick note for self-isolation for 7 days, as this is covered by self-certification
We’re aware of some inaccurate information circulating on social media about ‘rescue packs’ for respiratory conditions like asthma.
‘Rescue packs’ are antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They are powerful medicines and should only be prescribed with careful discussion between you and your doctor.
Confusion and misinformation seems to be spreading and some people are contacting their GP practices requesting ‘rescue packs’ when they’ve not had them before.
If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, continue to manage it in the usual way. Please don’t contact your GP practice for a ‘rescue pack’ unless you’ve previously been prescribed one by your medical team.
If you have a respiratory condition like COPD and have symptoms of Covid19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.
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