The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- 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)
- loss or change to your sense of smell 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 one of these symptoms.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Stay at home.
Further advice on Self isolation can be accessed on the following link Self isolation
Where to get information and advice
Elmwood Family Doctors cannot book appointments at testing sites, or fast track patients. It is a national system in operation. Therefore please do not call us in an attempt to book a test. Our phone lines are extremely busy at the moment.
Information for the public, including how to get tested, is available at gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.
Call 119 to get a test if you have problems using the internet.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- you’ve recently been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – For the list of countries please click here
- you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
If you have had COVID and are still experiencing symptoms, this website offers advice on what to expect as part of your recovery – https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
If you work in Care Home or supporting vulnerable people then specific guidance can be found on the link here
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 can be accessed on this link
You can help by partaking in Research
The NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry has been created to help people across the UK sign up to receive information about COVID-19 vaccine studies. You can sign up if you would like to be contacted about taking part in approved UK coronavirus vaccine trials: http://nhs.uk/researchcontact
The NIHR has produced a set of resources that can be used to make people aware of this vaccine research registry, to support the campaign. The pack includes social media graphics, leaflets, and further information about the registry itself. There is also an FAQ.
More information can be found on the NHS website