Coronavirus - Official information and advice

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Living with COVID-19

Find out what to do if you've tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, or been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with others if you have tested positive or have symptoms.

If you have or might have COVID-19 there are steps you can take to avoid passing the infection on to the people you live with or who are staying overnight with you.

There's separate guidance for children and young people aged 18 and under.

Testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests are no longer free for most people.

Some people can still get free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests from the NHS. PCR tests (tests that go to a lab) are less likely to be used. You can get tests if:

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

More information about who can get a free NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) test is available on the NHS website.

If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

You can buy rapid lateral flow tests from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

Do not call 119, as you will not be able to get a test this way. You cannot order tests from NHS 111 or 999.

How to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19

Most people with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 feel better within a few weeks. You may be able to look after yourself at home while you recover.

While you're ill, ask a friend, family member or neighbour to check up on you. Arrange a regular call or talk through a doorway (not face to face) so they can check how you're doing.

More information on treating COVID-19 symptoms is available on the NHS website.

Other guidance and information

For the latest published guidance, visit the GOV.UK Latest updates and guidance webpage.

Further guidance can also be found on:

You can read the full details on the Governments COVID-19 Response: Living With COVID-19 on the GOV.UK COVID-19 Response: Living with COVID-19 webpage.

Surrey News is the news hub for Surrey County Council and has all the latest news on Surrey's response to coronavirus including information on the data dashboard.

You can see all Surrey's COVID-19 intelligence summaries which include the figures and statistics for England and the South East, and the vaccination rates for Surrey's districts and boroughs on our Coronavirus figures and statistics webpage.

Long-COVID

Mild or moderate COVID-19 lasts about two weeks for most people. But in some others, long-term effects of COVID-19 can cause lingering health problems.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) uses the term 'long-COVID' to describe signs and symptoms that continue to develop after acute COVID-19. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can't be explained by another cause.

Your COVID Recovery is an NHS website to support you and help you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

Official health information

It's important to continue practising the Public Health guidance which includes the following COVID-19 key safety behaviours:

  • Get vaccinated and get boosted - visit the NHS website to find out how to get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your coronavirus vaccination.
  • Let the fresh air in - opening your windows for just 10 minutes can make a difference to the concentration of Covid particles in a room
  • Wear a face covering - in crowded and enclosed spaces, and when rates of transmission are high in your area
  • Wash your hands - use soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • Cover your mouth and nose - when you cough and sneeze, remember "Catch it, Bin it, Kill it"
  • Stay at home if you are unwell - to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community
  • Consider individual risks - when deciding who you have close contact with, consider the persons clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status

There is lots of misinformation being shared about coronavirus, the following organisations are providing regular official information and updates both on their websites and via social media.

Travel official guidance

Travelling from England

The country you're visiting may have COVID-19 entry rules. You should check these before travelling.
COVID-19 advice for people travelling abroad from England.

Travelling to England

Find out more about COVID-19 advice for people travelling to England.

Visas

Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.