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Recognising coronavirus symptoms

11 September 2020 (by schoollogin)

Is it a cold? Is it a cough? Is it coronavirus?

 It's the time of year when all the usual coughs, colds and sore-throats start.  How do you know if it's a cold or coronavirus? Here is some advice from the NHS website to help you recognise coronavirus symptoms. Take note of the description of the "corona cough", it's quite different to a "normal" cough you might get if you have a cold. 

The NHS website states: 

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • 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 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

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms:

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.