Got symptoms? Get tested
To help prevent an outbreak, you need to:
- Look out for coronavirus symptoms.
- If you or someone you live with has any of the symptoms, self-isolate and get tested.
- If the test result is positive, self-isolate and share details of your recent contacts with the NHS Test and Trace service.
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.
Self-isolate and get tested
How to self-isolate
To self-isolate, you must not leave your home.
- Do not go to work, school or visit public places - work from home if you can.
- Do not go on public transport or use taxis.
- Do not go out to get food and medicine - order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home.
- Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family - except for people providing essential care.
- Do not go out to exercise - exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.
You can also get advice on how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with on the NHS website.
How to get tested
If you or someone you live with has symptoms, it's important that you all get tested as soon as possible (within 5 days of symptoms starting).
There are 2 ways to get a test:
- book an appointment at a drive-through or walk-through test site
- ask for a home test kit – this will be delivered to your home.
If you get a home test kit, you will need to do the test and return the kit in the next 48 hours. You will be told how to do this.
Some people can get priority tests on GOV.UK. Go to GOV.UK if you:
- are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff
- are asking for tests for the residents and staff of your care home
- have a verification code from your employer.
The government currently aims to provide results within 48 hours of taking a test, but some results may take longer.
You will get your results by text, email or phone and the message will advise you about what to do next.
If you have any questions about your booking, please call the national helpline on 0300 303 2713.
If your test result is positive
If your test result is positive:
- you and anyone you live with must keep self-isolating (read guidance from the NHS on how long to self-isolate for)
- everyone in your support bubble must also keep self-isolating
- you must share information about your recent contacts with the NHS Test and Trace service to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate.
If you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service
If the NHS Test and Trace service contact you because you have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person.
Read more advice from the NHS about what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.