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COVID-19 Symptoms

This page was last updated on 1 April 2022. 

If you are symptomatic please take an LFT. If you receive a positive LFT please 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 do another LFT 24 hours after the first test to verify its result.

You can contact the clinical helpline on 01481 220001 or 01481 220002 for further advice.

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.

stay at home

Staying at home when you are unwell needs to become ingrained in the Bailiwick’s culture.

Business owners and managers are being asked to support and encourage staff to continue doing the right thing by staying at home if they are unwell, or if they have tested positive for COVID-19, as we move forward to live responsibly with the virus.

As we move forward into a new phase without legal restrictions in place, if we’re to maintain that positive position it is absolutely essential that islanders’ commitment to do the right thing is maintained – particularly around staying at home if unwell. We need this mantra to become part-and-parcel of our everyday culture, not just now but into the future.

Making sensible and responsible decisions to stay at home and not spread your germs when you’re unwell needs to become the new norm. It needs to be socially unacceptable to put others at risk by going to work, events or anywhere where you’ll be in close proximity with other people, if you’re unwell.

Other measures are also important. These include testing before visiting a vulnerable person or attending a crowded indoor gathering and good hand and respiratory etiquette. And, of course, of paramount importance is the continued availability of, and the fantastic engagement of islanders with, the COVID-19 vaccination and boosting programme.    


Returning to work or school

You should wait until your symptoms are gone. You can then return to work or school, 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. 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%.

Diarrhoea and vomiting – in these cases a person must be symptom free for 48 hours before they return to work or school.


COVID-19 contacts

COVID-19 Helpline

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00

Email inbox monitored Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Please send clinical questions to  all non-clinical questions to


Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00