Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

If you have symptoms of Caronavirus (COVID-19) Infection:

DO NOT go to your GP surgery
DO NOT go to a pharmacy
DO NOT go to hospital

DO enter home-isolation with other household members and not leave your home for 14 days. This includes not leaving the home to do shopping. If you must leave your home take steps to avoid close contact with other people.

DO NOT contact the surgery or NHS Wales 111 to go into home-isolation.

The NHS will not test you for coronavirus (COVID-19) during home-isolation with mild symptoms.

If your symptoms worsen during home-isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact:
NHS Wales 111 online.

If you have no internet access, call NHS Wales 111.

For a medical emergency dial 999.

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information).
  • After 7 days, if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to continue to self-isolate. If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal. You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 7 days, as a cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
  • If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the explanatory diagram.
  • For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information, and see the explanatory diagram.
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home

if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call 111.

For a medical emergency dial 999.

How to look after your symptoms at home

  • rest and drink plenty of fluids
  • take paracetamol as prescribed on the packaging unless you have any underlying condition that prevents you from doing so
  • cover the mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • put used tissues in a bin
  • wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds