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COVID-19 Symptoms

This page was last updated on 25 June 2021 at 16.30hrs. 

Due to the known presence of the new variant of COVID-19 in the Bailiwick, which can present with a range of unusual symptoms, Public Health has updated its list of symptoms to be aware of. If you feel at all unwell, out of sorts or something just doesn’t feel right, please stay at home and get in touch.

The symptoms to look out for:

  • Headache, sore throat and a runny nose*
  • 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)


*Some younger people with the Delta Variant are presenting with headache, sore throat and a runny nose, so symptoms similar to the symptoms of a bad coldParents/carers are asked to be vigilant for these symptoms and request a COVID-19 test however mild the symptoms are.  A runny nose associated with known allergies such as hay-fever, animal/pet hair or other irritants, which responds to antihistamines or other prescribed medication do not require referral for a COVID-19 test. 


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.

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If you have been advised to have a COVID test, you must self-isolate until you have received a negative test result and your symptoms have gone. If you do not need a COVID test, you must self-isolate until these symptoms are gone. You can then return to work or school, subject to any requirements your employer might have. 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.

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 a testing facility, 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 about the process of getting tested we have more details on our testing webpage here:


Do not attend work if you are unwell. If someone has, for example, a lingering cough, they should seek advice from a health practitioner before they return to work. 

This is good infection prevention control at any time, but is particularly important whilst the Bailiwick continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence proves that this advice could reduce the potential spread of respiratory illness by 60%.

Islanders need to understand that self-isolation means that you must stay at home. Just staying away from work/school/day-care is not sufficient to stop the spread. Popping to the shop, going to church, having people round for a cup of tea will undermine the effectiveness of self-isolation and will not prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. More information on self-isolation is available


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