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COVID-19 Symptoms

This page was last updated on 29 December 2021. 

If you are symptomatic please take an LFT. If you receive a positive LFT you must immediately notify the States of Guernsey via either the clinical helpline (01481 220001 or 01481 220002) or the online form at

If you are symptomatic and have a negative LFT then please complete the online form at or contact the clinical helpline on (01481 220001 or 01481 220002), as you may still be referred for a PCR test depending on your symptoms.

COVID-19 Symptoms 25.6.21

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)


*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 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.

For the latest Education guidance

Including 'How COVID-19 cases will be managed in education settings' and  'Displaying symptoms at school' please go to: Education guidance | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (


If you have been advised to have a PCR test

If you have been advised to have a COVID test, you must stay at home until you have received a negative test result and your symptoms have goneYou can then return to work or school. This 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 you test positive for COVID-19 (with an LFT or PCR test) you will be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of your vaccination status or age, to break onward chains of transmission. Read more: I am a positive case | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (

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%.

You should wait until your 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.


COVID-19 Test Charges

LFT test kits are free. More info here: Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (

PCR tests for symptomatic individuals are free. 


Information on the Emergency Department Charges can be found at

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