Coronavirus (COVID-19) NHS Guidance
Updated 19th July 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 a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
If you have coronavirus symptoms, stay at home.
Stay at home for 10 days if you have either
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
If you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 10 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms, unless they test negative.
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.
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