If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 and feel unwell, you should:
- stay at home until 48 hours after your symptoms are mostly or fully gone
- avoid contact with other people, especially people at higher risk from COVID-19
You do not need a COVID-19 test unless a GP or health professional tells you to. If you choose to do one, there is different advice to follow if you have a positive COVID-19 test.
Non-urgent advice: Phone your GP if
you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you:
- feel very unwell and are concerned about your symptoms
- are at high risk from COVID-19
Do not go to your GP or to a pharmacy in person.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19
There are other things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve - put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
check that visitors to your home or workplace do not have symptoms of COVID-19, colds or flu
let fresh air into your home by opening windows, doors and air vents as much as possible
clean objects and surfaces that other people touch
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
do not share objects that touch your mouth, for example, bottles or cups
do not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible
do not wear disposable gloves instead of washing your hands - your hands can get contaminated when you take them off
When not to meet other people
You should not meet someone else if you:
- have any symptoms of COVID-19
- have had a positive test result
Check with people before you meet them to make sure they are symptom-free and feeling well.