Your health, symptoms and staying safe

How to access Covid 19 tests

Around one in three people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing it. 

All free testing ceased as part of the Government's living with Coronavirus plan. Certain groups of people will still be able to access PCR and rapid Lateral Flow tests. 

Find out if you can access free tests

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

From 24th February, you will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19.

However, it is strongly advised that you stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least 5 days from

  • when your symptoms started
  • your positive test if you did not have symptoms

This will reduce the risk that you will pass the virus on to other people.

After 5 days, you may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by another the next day. If both these tests are negative, and you do not have a temperature, you can return to your normal routine.

If you leave your home before 10 full days after testing positive, you risk passing COVID-19 to other people. It’s important that you take steps to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others. This means you should:

  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with people, particularly those at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19
  • wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when it’s hard to stay away from other people. (particularly indoors, in crowded places or where there is not much fresh air)
  • wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • let fresh air in if you meet indoors. The more fresh air you let into your home and other enclosed spaces, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles

Your close contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. However, it is strongly recommended that you continue to inform your close contacts that you have tested positive. This is so that they can take extra care in following COVID-safe behaviours.

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 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:  or contact Age UK on 01872 223388.

Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people

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 information 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

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 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, 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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