What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

As of 24th February 2022, the government has removed the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England. You are no longer required to isolate if you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19. You are still advised to stay home if you can and to avoid contact with other people.

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
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • An aching body
  • A headache
  • A sore throat
  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling or being sick

As of 1st April 2022, free testing for COVID-19 has come to an end for most people in England. You may still be eligible for testing if you have certain health conditions, are going into hospital for surgery or a procedure, or if you work in health or social care. Please see the NHS site for details.

If you are not eligible for an NHS test and you would still like to be tested, you will have to pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home if you can and avoid contact with other people. If you do need to leave your home, you should:

  • wear a multi-layer or surgical face mask that fits well

  • avoid contact with people who are at risk of becoming very unwell with COVID-19

  • avoid crowded places

  • avoid large social gatherings and events, or anywhere that is not well ventilated

  • limit close contact with people outside of your household

  • exercise outdoors in places where you will not be in close contact with others

  • be particularly careful with your hand hygiene and cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you sneeze or cough

The guidance may be different in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Please visit the gov.uk website for the most up to date advice.

What to do if someone in your household has COVID-19

You are no longer required to take daily lateral flow tests or to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. However, you should still try to stay at home if you can and limit contact with people outside of your household. Please visit the gov.uk website for the most up to date advice.

Get help with your symptoms

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