Covid-19 Symptoms, Testing and Isolation


The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a 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)
  • a 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 1 of these symptoms.

Feeling unwell

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Alternatively you can call 119.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Here are some useful documents:

  • School isolation flowchart for parents                                                                                          View document
  • School isolation guide for parents                                                                                                 View document
  • Covid 19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection                             Link 
  • Letter to parents and guardians: when you book a coronavirus test for your child        Link