Treating a high temperature
If you have a high temperature, it can help to:
- get lots of rest
- drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear
- take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable
Treating a cough
If you have a cough, it's best to avoid lying on your back. Lie on your side or sit upright instead.
To help ease a cough, try having a teaspoon of honey. But do not give honey to babies under 12 months.
If this does not help, you could contact a pharmacist for advice about cough treatments.
If you're feeling breathless, it can help to keep your room cool.
Try turning the heating down or opening a window. Do not use a fan as it may spread the virus.
You could also try:
-breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth, with your lips together like you're gently blowing out a candle
-sitting upright in a chair
-relaxing your shoulders, so you're not hunched
-leaning forward slightly – support yourself by putting your hands on your knees or on something stable like a chair
Try not to panic if you're feeling breathless. This can make it worse.
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19), but you can often ease the symptoms at home until you recover.
If you're concerned about your symptoms and need medical advice, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.