Symptoms, tests and vaccinations
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 three 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
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- 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.
When to use the NHS 111 service
- you're worried about your symptoms
- you're not sure what to do
Testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms
You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:
- you have a high temperature
- you have a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
- you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
- you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result
Further information about who is eligible for a free NHS test and how to book can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Symptom-free COVID-19 testing
Rapid-result coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for people who don’t have symptoms will help to find those who may be unknowingly spreading the virus in the community.
You can now book an appointment at one of two sites in Maidstone or Ashford. These sites are in addition to the regional and local testing sites for people who have symptoms.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.
You can read more about the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website.