Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness which affects people’s lungs and airways. The virus spreads between people like flu, via respiratory droplets from coughing. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to 14 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
Latest national guidance
For the latest guidance relating to symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the Government website.
From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with, you must not meet in a group of more than six, indoors or outdoors. More detail about the latest social distancing measures is available on the Government website.
It is also still important to follow the basic steps, which include:
- All individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.
- Individual’s households should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 10 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell.
- If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 find out how to get tested and read more about track and trace.
This page details the latest, accurate information and advice anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of the virus. It also links to the latest guidance for people, schools, businesses and care settings.
Latest guidance for those shielding
- The guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable was updated by the Government on 4 September 2020.
- If you are considered clinically extremely vulnaerbale to Covid-19, you will have received a letter stating this or been told directly by your GP or hospital clinician.
- The current advice is that you do not need to shield, but you should still keep your social interactions low where possible.
- Please visit the Government website for the most up-to-date advice regarding shielding and protecting people are clinically extremely vulnerable.