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Social care and support guide

If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, this website explains your options and where you can get support.

overview

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

self_isolation

You must stay at home (self-isolate) if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or you test positive. Anyone you live with must also self-isolate.

treatments_overview

You can usually treat mild coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at home. If your symptoms are severe, you may need medical care until you recover.

self_care

While you’re staying at home with coronavirus (COVID-19), you can ease mild symptoms by resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking painkillers.

diagnosis

To get a test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19), go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. Call 119 to get a test if you do not have internet access.

prevention

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with and wash your hands regularly.