If you think you may have coronavirus (Covid-19) stay indoors. Don't go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. For information on what to do next visit the 111 coronavirus service or phone 111 if you are unable to use the online service.
The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell.
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.
Testing for Covid-19
Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too.
Find out more about testing on the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus page.
Babies and children
Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child under 5.
If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried.
Information about the adjustments that local health and care services have made as part of their Covid-19 response, can be found in this North East London NHS service changes document.
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