What to do if you have symptoms

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

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

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

 

How long to stay at home

  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
  • if you get the symptoms you need to stay at home and isolate yourself for 7 days

 

 

Additional information

A new helpline has been launched by the DfE to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone:0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on  COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus