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What are the symptoms of possible cases of COVID-19?

The symptoms that you should be aware of are:

  • Tiredness, new and severe fatigue (recent onset)
  • Aches and pains, new muscle ache for no obvious reason (recent onset)
  • Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
  • Conjunctivitis (itchy, watery, painful or pink eye(s)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (high temperature, rigors, chills, can’t get warm)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Dry cough (Continuous new cough)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Children and Over 80s – loose stool, mild fever, not themselves with a cough presenting later
  • A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes (seek urgent medical advice)
  • Chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightness (phone the emergency services on 999)
  • Loss of speech or movement (phone the emergency services on 999)

If you do start to experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, please contact the Clinical Helpline by calling 01481 756938 or 01481 756969.

If you feel very unwell, phone 999 and tell the operator of your symptoms. Please do not visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the hospital unannounced.

You must self-isolate until these symptoms are gone and can stop isolating once you have been tested for COVID-19 and the result of that test was negative.

If you have a negative result for COVID then you can return to work once symptoms have resolved (subject to any requirements your employer might have). If someone has, for example, a lingering cough, they should seek advice from a health practitioner before they return to work. 

The above advice also applies to children.

It DOES NOT apply to those with diarrhoea and vomiting – in these cases a person must be symptom free for 48 hours before they return to work or school.

Clinicians should be alert to the possibility of atypical presentations in patients who are immunocompromised.

If, following advice from the Clinical Helpline, you have been referred for a COVID-19 test you will be contacted by the Scheduling Team. Where possible, tests for symptomatic patients (those showing symptoms of COVID-19) are scheduled within 24 hours of calling the helpline.

If you are unable to drive yourself to the testing centre at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, a member of your family may drive you there. You will need to sit in the back of the car, with a mask on if you have one available. You will also need to ensure that you sanitise the car after you have been for your test.

If you require any further information we have more details on our testing webpage here: covid19.gov.gg/support/getting-tested