Latest Statement (8th October 2020)
If you have any of the following symptoms of Covid-19:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
then you will need to self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should also arrange for a test. Click here for Information about the Covid-19 test. Do not attend your GP surgery or pharmacy.
If after 10 days, you still have a temperature, you should continue to self-isolate at home and seek medical advice. You do not need to self-isolate after 10 days if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
If you live with others, all household members must stay at home for 14 days. This 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill, or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household subsequently starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from the date the symptoms appear.
The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.