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

The symptoms that you should be aware of are:

  • New and severe fatigue
  • New muscle ache for no obvious reason
  • Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (high temperature, rigors, chills, can’t get warm)
  • Shortness of breath, chest tightness
  • Continuous new cough
  • Children and Over 80s and 90s – loose stool, mild fever, not themselves with a cough presenting later

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.