Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you might have coronavirus. Stay at home.
Check if you have coronavirus 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 – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
These are the main symptoms of coronavirus.
The 111 online coronavirus service will ask about your symptoms and tell you what to do.
Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)
If your symptoms are mild, you’ll usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 7 days.
Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.
This is called self-isolation.
Basic Protective Measures.
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
The guidance is evolving as we learn more about the virus. For the most upto date information visit https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/