Coronavirus symptoms and how to stay healthy
Updated 21 October 2020
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
Common symptoms are:
- high temperature or fever
- a new continuous cough
- loss or changed sense of smell or taste (Anosmia)
- If you live alone and have a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss or changed sense of smell or taste, you should stay at home for 10 days.
- If you live with others, the person who has symptoms should stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms started. All other household members should isolate as a household for 14 days even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. The 14-day period starts from the first day the person had symptoms.
- Pay particular attention to the advice if you are over 70, pregnant or have underlying health problems.
- Anyone with symptoms must now request a test. Test & Protect is now available for all Aberdeen City Council Employees and not just those deemed as critical workers.
Visit NHS Inform for further advice on checking and managing symptoms
What should I do if someone in my household has symptoms of Coronavirus?
If others develop symptoms within the 14 days, they need to stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms started. They should do this even if it takes them over the 14-day isolation period.
- Household isolation means you and all household members should remain at home and shouldn’t go to work, school, public areas or use public transport. You shouldn’t go out to buy food or other essentials. Avoid close contact with others by:
- not having visitors
- not using taxis or public transport
- asking a friend or neighbour to get your shopping or arranging for a delivery to be left at your door
- not sharing towels, clothes, toothbrushes or razors
- The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill.
- Anyone living in a household with someone with symptoms must now request a test. Test & Protect is now available for all Aberdeen City Council Employees and not just those deemed as critical workers.
Please read more in-depth Stay at home guidance if you believe your household may be affected.
How can I avoid catching infections like Coronavirus?
You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading respiratory infections by following the FACTS guidance:
- Face coverings
- Avoid crowded places
- Clean hands and surfaces regularly
- Two metre distance
- Self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms
See what you can and cannot do to help suppress the virus:
More specifically, you can reduce your risk by:
- avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
- maintaining good hand hygiene – washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser:
- after coughing or sneezing
- after going to the toilet
- before eating and drinking
- avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone.
- covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use.
What to do if you or another employee develops symptoms at work
The Council has developed Outbreak guidance, which should be followed if an employee develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus.