COVID-19 information and advice

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are wide-ranging and have changed since the start of the pandemic. 

  • The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 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

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.


How do I avoid catching or spreading coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  • Wear a mask when you are in crowded areas or around people you don't know and in all healthcare settings 


What do I do if I think I have coronavirus? 

You can check if you need medical help by accessing the NHS111 online coronavirus service that will tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

It is important that you don't go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you may have the virus, you can call 111 if you need to speak to someone.


How do I get tested to see if I have coronavirus?

Testing for COVID-19 is available to people in Morecambe Bay at a range of locations and get your results the next day or with a home test kit. 

You can find out where to go get a test here.

To get a home testing kit by visiting the GOV.UK website or calling 119 if you have problems acessing the internet. 


More information 

Latest information and advice from Public Health England:

Information about the Government's Action Plan:

Latest information and advice: Gov.Uk