Your health, symptoms and staying safe

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Regular Covid 19 tests

Around one in three people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing it. You can access twice weekly rapid Lateral Flow Tests so you can test at home. They're free and you get the results in 30 minutes.

Find out how to get your test kits

If you think you have covid-19 symptoms

Most people with the virus have at least one of these symptoms:

  • A fever
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of sense of taste or smell

Look out for the following new Covid Delta variant symptoms:

  • Blocked/runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Lethargy/tiredness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hay fever like symptoms

If you are feeling unwell, book a test. You should self isolate with your family and only leave home to get a test. You should self isolate until you get your result. If it is negative you can stop isolating. If it is positive you should continue self-isolation for 10 days.

Find out more about covid-19 testing

If you were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV)

Following expert clinical advice and the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, people previously considered to be CEV are not being advised to shield again. You should take advice from your health professional on whether additional precautions are right for you.

If you are continuing to isolate unofficially, then please contact us phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk or 01872 332583 to make sure you are getting the right support.

If you need help with transport to travel to a vaccination site, free door-to-door transport is available via Volunteer Cornwall and Age UK.

To book, please contact Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 265300, email: bookings@volunteercornwall.org.uk  or contact Age UK on 01872 223388.

Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people

Coronavirus symptoms

  • 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)
  • loss of or change to sense of taste or smell

Check your symptoms

Long Covid

For some people, coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or "long COVID".

Find out more about the long term affects of Covid

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Information about Coronavirus or COVID-19 is all over the news on TV and the radio.

This can create feelings of stress and being overwhelmed with the unknown and uncertainty over the spread of the virus. This may include feelings of fear and anxiety, irritability, insecurity or being unsettled, lack of control, trouble sleeping or eating, and excessively checking for symptoms.

Whilst for some people these feelings can be part of daily life, others can find these are disruptive to their everyday living. For more infformation and help please see our mental health and wellbeing pages.

Mental Health support

Other help

If you are vulnerable help is still available!

Contact Volunteer Cornwall
01872 266988
requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk

We have also produced some information about getting help with food. This covers information on how to get food, ways to safely pay and more. 

Get help with food

Cornwall Link

Cornwall Link connects individuals, families, carers, volunteers, and healthcare professionals with services and social activities in their area. 

It forms part of the Inclusion Matters Partnership led by Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) also including Disability Cornwall, Inclusion Cornwall and the Digital Inclusion Team at Cornwall Council.

Cornwall Link website

Domestic Abuse

If you are worried about quarantining in a home where you do not feel safe, help is available.  Our local domestic abuse and sexual violence service, Safer Futures, can be contacted online at saferfutures.org.uk or by telephone on 0300 777 4777 (9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri).

You can also contact Cornwall Refuge Trust’s 24hr helpline on 01872 225629 for support outside of those hours.

Alcohol and drug support

If you or someone you know needs help or support with alcohol or drugs issues call 0333 2000 235 or visit wearewithyou.org.uk, or YZUP (young people)

Safer Cornwall

A wide range of services and support is available throughout Cornwall to respond to concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour and other issues that impact on community safety

Safer Cornwall website

NHS information

Public Health England information

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