What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus | What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus | Oldham Council
Get a coronavirus vaccination

Vaccinations are now available to anyone aged 12 or above. Anyone over 12 can book online. Anyone over 16 can visit one of our local vaccine clinics without an appointment.

Get a vaccination

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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)
  • 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

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

What you need to do if have symptoms

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home, book a test, and self-isolate immediately.

Only leave your house when going to get your test.

Book a coronavirus test:

Testing positive and self-isolation

If you have a positive test result you should stay at home and self-isolate as soon as you receive the results.

Self-isolation means to stay at home in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The GOV.UK website has instructions on when to start and stop you and your housholds self-isolation:

People living in your household

Anyone living in your household who is not fully vaccinated must also self isolate:

People who are fully vaccinated and live in your household do not need to self isolate:

Testing after a positive result

If you have had Covid-19, and this was confirmed with a positive PCR test (test that was sent to a lab), it is important that – if you do not develop new symptoms – you do not take a second test.

You do not need to be tested again for 90 days if you remain symptom-free. 

However, if you develop new symptoms of COVID-19 during the three-month period, you must self-isolate and get another test

Self-isolation payment

If you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to some financial support during your self-isolation period. 

The information and form for completion are located on the following page

What to do if you live alone and need to self-isolate

If you are unable to leave the house and don’t have a trusted friend, neighbour or family member to help you with shopping etc. we have a dedicated helpline you can call:

  • Helpline 0161 770 7007.

The helpline is there to assist with food, medicine, finance, and loneliness and is available Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm.

Your contacts - test and trace

If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you can help contact people who may have caught the virus from you.

After you get a positive test result, you may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

You'll be asked for information about where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

This will help the NHS contact anyone who may also have caught the virus.

How you'll be contacted

You'll be contacted by email, text, or phone.

Text messages will come from NHStracing. Calls will come from 0300 0135000.

Children under 18 will be contacted by phone wherever possible and asked for their parent or guardian's permission to continue the call.

What you'll be asked to do

You may be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website:

On the contact tracing website, you'll be asked for information including:

  • your name, date of birth, and postcode
  • if you live with other people
  • any places you've been recently, such as a workplace or school
  • names and contact details of any people you were in close contact within the 48 hours before your symptoms started (if you know these details)

If you cannot use the contact tracing website, you'll be asked for this information over the phone.

If you use the NHS COVID-19 app, you can also choose to alert other app users who have spent time near you that they might be at risk.

NHS Test and Trace will not:

  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087
  • How your information will be used

All information you provide to NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app is confidential.

No one who is contacted will be told your identity.