Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered type of coronavirus.
Most people infected with coronavirus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.
What to look out for
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if you suspect you have Coronavirus
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test
To apply for a coronavirus test, please either ring 119 or click here.
You need to take the test in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It is best to apply for the test in the first 3 days as it may take 1 or 2 days to arrange.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
You can always contact NHS Direct Wales on 111 for additional advice.
For advice on self-isolating please read Welsh Government advice.