Under the government's social distance measures, everyone was advised to stay at home. During the coronavirus During the outbreak, many people will also need to isolate themselves to prevent the virus from spreading if they have symptoms or have come into contact with someone who has symptoms.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should stay at home and not visit a family doctor, pharmacy or hospital.
According to the NHS website, coronavirus symptoms are:
- a high temperature – this means that you feel hot when touching your chest or back (no need to take a temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours (if you usually cough, it may be worse than normal)
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What should I do if I have symptoms of coronavirus?
If you have coronavirus symptoms, the NHS recommends using the NHS 111 coronavirus online service.
You should only call NHS 111 if you are unable to get help online.
It is advisable that you call 111 if you are unable to deal with your symptoms at home, if your condition worsens, or if your symptoms do not improve after seven days.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should isolate yourself at home for at least seven days, even if the symptoms are mild.
If after seven days you still have a high temperature, continue to isolate yourself until the temperature returns to normal.
If you only cough after seven days, the NHS will notice that you no longer need to isolate yourself, as the cough can last for several weeks after the infection has passed.
For people who have come into contact with or live with someone who has symptoms, they must also isolate themselves for 14 days from the first day that the first person in the household showed symptoms.
This is essential because the coronavirus incubation period can last up to 14 days.
Even though a person may not be showing symptoms initially, they may still develop symptoms during that time.
If you have symptoms, you should isolate yourself for seven days from the onset of symptoms – even if it means that you will isolate yourself for more than 14 days.