Advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Up to date information can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. We expect the health service to be exceptionally busy in the coming days and weeks. If people have serious symptoms that they cannot manage at home they should visit https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/
They should only telephone NHS111 if they cannot go online.
The public are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
a. A new continuous cough OR
b. High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
If people who have travelled do not have symptoms they do not need to stay at home, regardless of their travel history.
Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice.
If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/ (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online).
After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine.
If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.
Testing will not be offered routinely to individuals staying at home.