What to do if you have symptoms

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms, you must get a test and self-isolate:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • 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

You should not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. You can also call NHS 111 direct.

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Only get tested if you have symptoms

There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital we test people with symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus.

  • If you have covid symptoms, you must get a test.
  • Do not to go to A&E or your GP practice for the sole purpose of getting a test as these services are not community testing sites.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.
  • We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.

You should NOT get tested:

If you have returned from abroad or are about to travel, you are returning to the workplace, you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You may be advised to isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed but you should only get a test if you have symptoms. Find out more about when to get tested.


  • If you have symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days
  • If you live with other people, they should self-isolate for 10 days from the day the first person got symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 10 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Getting support if you’re self isolating

If you are self-isolating and you do not have friends or family nearby who can help, phone the Leeds City Council Helpline on 0113 378 1877 (7 days a week, 9am to 6pm). Volunteers are available to help with shopping and transport to medical appointments. Phone support is also available to check how you are.

Find out about local support