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COVID-19 current UK guidance

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as you might spread the infection to other people. It is important that you self-isolate for 7 days.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss or change in your sense of smell or taste

If you have any of these symptoms you can ask for a free NHS test to check if you have COVID-19. This is available to anyone in England and to anyone over the age of 5 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You and your recent contacts may be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service depending on your test results.

Get help with your symptoms

To help the NHS better understand the spread of COVID-19, please use the NHS coronavirus status checker.

    What to do if you have an unrelated health concern

    If you need help or advice not related to COVID-19, Babylon offers a comprehensive set of services covering information, advice, a digital health assessment, monitoring of key health and activity measures, and consultations. Please download the app to get started.

    The following NHS services are also available:

    • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
    • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
    • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

    Babies and children

    Use the NHS 111 online service if your child is 5 or over. Call 111 if they are under 5. Visit the NHS Coronavirus in Children Webpage for more information on what to look out for in children.

    If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.

    Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.


    For specific information on coronavirus in pregnancy, please visit the NHS Pregnancy and Coronavirus webpage