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. 

Covid-19 vaccination programme 

The first local community COVID-19 vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams are now open across north east London as the roll-out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.

The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People are urged not to contact the NHS to ask about vaccination in the meantime. For further information about the COVID-19 vaccine visit 

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.

Service changes 

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

Support and information 

NHS 111 coronavirus service 

London Borough of Hackney coronavirus support for residents  

City of London Corporation coronavirus support for residents 

Coronavirus information in different languages 

Accessing services easy read

Getting NHS help when you need it during the coronavirus outbreak

Opening Mosques Resources

Re-opening of religious buildings

Shielding Advice

Bereavement Service for Young People and Families 

Homerton Hospital COVID-19 Info 

UCLH - COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Information for patients and visitors

Barts Health COVID - 19