Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice, information and help

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces.

You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people, especially people who are at higher risk from COVID-19. This is particularly important if their immune system means they’re at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, even if they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine.

You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Full guidance including international travel guidance is available on the website.

What to do if you have symptoms

You can no longer get free PCR tests from the NHS. You are eligible to get a free COVID-19 test from the NHS if:

  • you have a health condition which means you’re eligible for COVID-19 treatments
  • you’re going into the hospital
  • you work in the NHS or adult social care.

You can also purchase PCR and lateral flow tests from shops and pharmacies, including online. Please test yourself if you have one of the following 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 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

Long Covid

Once people have become infected by COVID-19, sometimes coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause long term symptoms which could last for weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is called “Long COVID”.

To find the latest guidance about symptoms and treatment of long COVID, please check the NHS website.

If you’re experiencing long COVID, the NHS also provides a support service for COVID recovery. Please check the ‘Your COVID Recovery’ website.

Last updated: 4 October 2022