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If you are a close contact of COVID-19

If you think you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to restrict your movements or self-isolate.

 

You should:

 

  • watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 - it can take up to 14 days after you are infected for symptoms to show
  • take extra care to follow the advice on protecting others from COVID-19, in case you have the virus

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you do not need to do a COVID-19 test unless you are a healthcare worker.

 

If you are a healthcare worker living with someone who has COVID-19, do 3 antigen tests over 7 days. You do not need to restrict your movements.

Read more about testing for healthcare workers

 

People at higher risk

If you are at very high risk or high risk of serious illness from COVID-19, you should take extra care to watch out for symptoms. For example, if you have a weak immune system.

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, get a PCR test as soon as possible.

 

Testing for COVID-19

If you chose to do an antigen test at home and it is positive, you should self-isolate even if you do not have symptoms.

Read more about testing for COVID-19

 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need to self-isolate.

 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if your child has symptoms of COVID-19

Certain groups of people with symptoms should get a COVID-19 test.

 

Self-isolation

Find out when you need to stay in your room to stop the spread of COVID-19

Self-isolation (stay in your room)

Keeping well during self-isolation

If you live with other people

If your child is told to isolate from other people

Living with or caring for someone who cannot self-isolate

 

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are:

  • fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above) - including having chills
  • dry cough
  • fatigue (tiredness)

COVID-19 symptoms can be like symptoms of cold, flu or hay fever.

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this could mean they're completely gone or just different to normal
  • nasal congestion (runny or blocked nose)
  • conjunctivitis (also known as red eye or pink eye)
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain (aches and pains)
  • different types of skin rash
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • chills or dizziness

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 include:

  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss of appetite
  • confusion
  • pain or pressure in the chest
  • fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)

You may not have all of the symptoms or your symptoms may be mild.

You can still get infected if you are fully vaccinated. But your symptoms may be mild.

It can take up to 14 days after you are infected for symptoms to show. You can spread COVID-19 during this time.