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Coronavirus: symptoms and testing

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The most up to date information about how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus is available on GOV.UK.

If you do have coronavirus symptoms, you should try and stay at home as much as you can. This might include working from home if you're able to, and asking friends or family to shop for you if possible. If you do leave the house, try to avoid coming into close contact with people, especially people who are at higher risk of illness because of their immune system. Washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough can also stop you from passing on coronavirus (as well as other viruses like the flu).

Testing for coronavirus has changed. All public testing sites have now closed, and most people can no longer get free home testing kits. There are only a small number of people who will still be able to get free coronavirus tests from the NHS. Find out who is eligible for a free NHS coronavirus test.

If you want to get a coronavirus test and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for the test yourself. You can buy a test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.