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Coronavirus information

Coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature – A high temperature is 37.8C or more- .https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fever-in-adults/  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fever-in-children/
  • 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

You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms.

You do not need to get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.


You do not need to self-isolate if your test is negative, as long as:

  • everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
  • everyone in your support bubble who has symptoms tests negative
  • you feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better


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Covid update

Covid-19 infections are rising fast in Tower Hamlets, especially in young people.   

Often, people with Covid-19 show no symptoms. If you have Covid-19 and don’t know it, you can spread it, putting your friends and family at risk.  

Testing tells you know if you have Covid-19 so that you can protect your friends and family this Christmas. 

If you are a student in Years 7 – 13 or you live with someone who is, you should get tested for free before Christmas, with or without symptoms. Similarly, if you work in a secondary school or college, you should get tested as soon as possible. Visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/MTU for more information.   

After Christmas, you can take another free test if you work in a secondary school or college, or if you are a student in Years 11-13. This is to help protect school communities from Covid-19 in the New Year. You can find more information about this here

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