Information linked to COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing

Main symptoms 

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
 
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

 

 

Check your symptoms - 
 
 
 
 
 

Testing

 

You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:

 

  • at a test site near you today
  • with a home test kit

 

This service is for people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

Who can get a test? 

 

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test.

 

Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

 

You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.

 

 

Important notice - 

 

Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested.

Do not use this service to get a test in order to travel to another country. You can pay for a private test.

This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.

 

 

When to get a test 

 

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

 

Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.

 

On days 1 to 4 of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you're ordering a home test kit on day 4, do it by 3pm.

 

On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It's too late to order a home test kit.

 

If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate). Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

 

 

Book a test 

 

To book a test online please use the link below - 

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name 

 

Call 119 to get a test if you have problems using the internet.

 

 

What the test involves

 

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

 

You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you. Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.

 
Current dates and locations for mobile testing units
 
 
 
 
 

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