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COVID-19 Symptoms

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What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 please stay at home until:

Symptoms list

The following symptoms can indicate a COVID-19 infection:

*Except a runny nose associated with known allergies such as hay-fever, animal/pet hair or other irritants, which responds to antihistamines.

Testing for COVID-19

Since 3rd April 2023 free LFTs are no longer available for members of the community who are symptomatic. LFTs may continue to be used to minimise the risk of potential outbreaks in vulnerable locations, by testing islanders admitted to such settings, including the hospital, care homes and prison. Visitors to such locations are no longer advised to test beforehand but are strongly encouraged against visiting friends or relatives if symptomatic.

Testing for at-home diagnosis is optional. LFTs are available to purchase online or from local pharmacies if required for this purpose.

If you test positive

If you choose to test at home and receive a positive result please  use the online form at to register your result or call the clinical helpline (01481 220001 or 01481 220002) who can register a result for you. This helps us to monitor the level of COVID-19 in the island.

Close contacts

Contact tracing is no longer routinely performed after a positive test for COVID-19, however it's still a good idea to tell people you have spent a lot of time with over the last 3 days that you have tested positive. This includes the nursery, school or college that you (or a child in your care who is positive) attend/s

If you are the close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you should be vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 in case it has been passed on and, where possible:

If you test negative

If you have a negative LFT, you can carry on with your normal routine but should not visit vulnerable people while symptomatic.

It is still a good idea to stay at home if you are feeling unwell, as this will help prevent the spread of all illnesses.

Seek advice from your GP if you are worried about your symptoms.

Returning to work or school

Wait until your symptoms are gone. You can then return to work or school, subject to any requirements your employer might have.

If someone has, for example, a lingering cough, they should seek advice from a health practitioner before they return to work.

Diarrhoea and vomiting - in these cases a person must be symptom free for 48 hours before they return to work or school.

How to treat Coronavirus symptoms at home

You should rest and look after yourself at home while you recover. 

Please see our guide in the downloads section which includes:

Staying at home when you are unwell needs to become ingrained in the Bailiwick's culture.

Business owners and managers are being asked to support and encourage staff to continue doing the right thing by staying at home if they are unwell, or if they have tested positive for COVID-19.


How to look after yourself at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)

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