People do not need to contact their GP practice, pharmacy or hospital if they believe that they have symptoms of COVID-19.
For advice about other conditions, such as a common cold, parents should visit
www.nhs.uk or go to their local pharmacy.
For the latest advice and information on COVID-19, people are advised to visit
People should stay at home for seven days if they have coronavirus symptoms. The symptoms are either:
- a high temperature (over 37.8°c) – they feel hot to touch on their chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means they have started coughing repeatedly.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If they live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.
People should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service -
111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ - if:
- they feel they cannot cope with their symptoms at home
- their condition gets worse
- their symptoms do not get better after seven days.
Schools and colleges can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging students, teachers and parents to:
- wash their hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash their hands when they get home, into school or work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information and the latest, trusted advice is available on the NHS website: