Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated Wednesday 21 April 2021

The NHS in Bradford district and Craven and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The latest information about coronavirus is available on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus (opens in a new window).

Symptoms of coronavirus

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • 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

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

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

You can choose to take the test at a test site near you or with a home test kit. If you do not have access to the internet, you can also call 119 for assistance.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service (opens in a new window) if:

  • you’re worried about your symptoms
  • you’re not sure what to do

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

Regular tests if you do not have symptoms

Anyone in England can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms. About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Getting regular tests is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Self-isolation

If you, or someone you live with, has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus you should isolate immediately at home. This helps stop the virus spreading to other people. You may need to self-isolate for more than 10 days if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away. You can find out more about how long to self isolate for on the nhs.uk website (opens in a new window).

If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, please follow the advice provided.

You can find the latest information and up-to-date guidance about coronavirus on the nhs.uk website (opens in a new window).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. The NHS is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people most at risk from coronavirus. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. 

Recovery after COVID-19

If you or someone you know is recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help. The Your COVID Recovery website (opens in a new window) helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery as well as providing information to give you, your family and friends reassurance and support.

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, the NHS and other health, care and support services are still here to help.

You can find out more about when to get in touch with your GP practice and how services are working at the moment on the news page of our website.

For information about other services, visit the NHS UK website (opens in a new window).

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