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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 the day that your symptoms appear.

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. Do not wait. Ask for the test as soon as you have symptoms. This is available to anyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you test positive, do not leave home for at least 10 full days after your symptoms started. If you test negative you may be able to stop self-isolating, please see the NHS website for further information. You and your recent contacts may be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service depending on your test results. Your household and close contacts are eligible for a free test if you have symptoms or have tested positive, even if they themselves do not have symptoms. Members of your household or support bubble you have had close contact within the last 48 hours of your symptoms starting should also self-isolate until you receive your test result. In certain circumstances your household and support bubble do not need to self-isolate, please see the UK Gov webpage for more details.

Get help with your symptoms

Local restrictions and the NHS COVID-19 app

Please visit the UK Government restrictions webpage to find out more. To download the NHS COVID-19 app, click here for more details.

    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