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What to do if you have symptoms

Information and advice for registered social workers, education and training providers, employers, students and people with temporary registration. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice

Last updated 10 August 2020 10.44am

What to do if you have symptoms

Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:

  • a fever

  • a new, continuous cough

  • loss of taste or smell

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

Read more about self-isolating.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

The NHS website also has more information about how coronavirus is spread. It answers common questions about the virus and provides information about the 111 service for those who need specific advice.