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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Guidance

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      Updated 17th August 2021 - for the most up to date coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and information, please visit the NHS or government’s dedicated pages. This advice may differ in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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

      See more information about from the NHS about coronavirus. 

      See the most up to date restrictions and guidance for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

      If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should get a PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate until you get the result. 

      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.

      When you need to self-isolate

      The self-isolating guidance varies on your age, vaccination status and where you live. In England, please follow the below advice:

      • If you’re displaying symptoms you should complete a PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate until the test comes back.
      • If your result is negative, you don’t need to self-isolate
      • If the test is positive or unclear you should self-isolate for 10 days from the day of onset of the symptoms
      • If you don’t have symptoms and test positive, you should continue to self-isolate for 10 days
      • If you live with (or are in a support bubble with) someone who has tested positive or had an unclear result you should self-isolate unless you are fully vaccinated (having received the second vaccine dose at least 14 days previously), or under the age of 18 years and 6 months old

      If you are self-isolating at home you should

      • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions
      • ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them
      • sleep alone if possible
      • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
      • try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions
      • drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms

      Only use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

      • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
      • your condition gets worse
      • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

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