If you feel unwell

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID19: Fever, shortness of breath and or a persistent cough you must stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days. Only call 111 (NHS 24) or your GP if you are in an at-risk group (older people/other health problems) or if your symptoms worsen dramatically.

After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. (the 14 day requirement from the WHO is for those who have been exposed to the virus but are not yet showing symptoms)

The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.


If you want to know more about the scientific advice to government, you can find more at the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies:

If a case is suspected, it won’t be tested routinely. Testing will be conducted on a sample basis to gauge infection levels within communities.


Following reports on social media about the use of ibuprofen if you have coronavirus, I sought clarification from NHS Orkney. The following information was sent to me by NHS Orkney on the 18th March.

‘There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse. But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you. If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.’

Here is a link to some information - https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/ibuprofen-for-adults/ 

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