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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Cold and flu Q&A

Q1 I get really confused with the difference between a heavy cold and a flu virus. Can you help please?

A cold usually starts gradually when you get a sore throat and stuffy or runny nose. Flu hits you more suddenly and tends to be so severe that it’s difficult to get out of bed. Flu symptoms affect most of the body and include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles and you can often get a cough and sore throat at the same time. The best treatment for a bad cold or flu is to stay at home, rest, keep warm, and drink plenty of fluids.

There is no ‘cure’ as such for colds or flu, but you can gain relief from the symptoms with remedies available from us. A painkiller such as paracetamol may help if you are feeling aching or feverish. However, do remember that many cold remedies contain paracetamol, so it may not be necessary to take any more. Also, some cold remedies should not be taken by particular people – for instance if you suffer from high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes. It’s very important to always check with our pharmacist before taking any additional medicines, especially if you are on other medication. We will be happy to advise on the appropriate remedy and answer any questions you may have. And don’t hesitate to contact us if symptoms persist. 0141 637 6000

Q2 I am a 65 years ‘young’ woman and always worry with the onset of winter that I will catch yet another cold or flu. Is there any ‘alternative’ remedy I can take to help protect myself this year?

Yes there is. There are various herbal remedies and nutritional supplements available from us. Echinacea for instance helps modulate the immune system and may therefore be of benefit if taken when symptoms first appear. Vitamin and mineral supplements may also help the body fight off infection – ask us for advice on which to take.

Of course you can always ask about the annual free preventative flu jab which you are entitled to as you are considered ‘at risk’ and therefore more susceptible to the complications of flu. (‘At risk’ groups include 65+ years, those with suppressed immune systems or if you suffer from diabetes, heart, lung or kidney problems).

We also have our own flu vaccination service. Telephone us on 0141 637 6000 for more details.

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