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COVID-19: If you have symptoms

Get tested and isolate immediately if you have symptoms

Don’t delay! Get a test within 5 days if you have symptoms.

The easiest way to get a test at your nearest available testing centre is to book one online.

Book a test

Get a free test to check if you have coronavirus .

You can also call 119 for advice and support.

  • Book a home test if you cannot walk or drive to a centre.
  • Only attend a testing centre if you have symptoms.
  • Do not go to a testing centre by public transport or taxi.
  • You cannot walk-in to a drive-through testing centre. You must book a test first.
  • Not all sites are open every day. Check when they are open and then book where to receive your test.

Who should get this type of test

You should only get tested if you have symptoms.

  • If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household and support bubble should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test.
  • If you are unable to get a test but need medical advice about your symptoms, you can call 111.

Isolate immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Main symptoms of COVID-19

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous, dry cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

More information about self-isolating