Cold and flu symptoms: Should you self isolate if you have a cold? |

Your tickly throat and cough could be a cause for concern, but what should you be doing? What is the advice for people with cold and flu symptoms?

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Do I need to self-isolate if I have cold/flu symptoms?

There is no need to self-isolate if you have a cold or the flu unless the symptoms resemble those of coronavirus- a fever and a persistent cough.

Visit the online NHS 111 tool to find out whether or not you need to self-isolate.
If you are advised to self-isolate for seven days, other members of your household will need to self isolate for 14 days.This means not leaving your house, and keeping to one room as much as possible.
You must stay the recommended two metres away from those in your household if you have symptoms.

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According to the NHS, and the World Health Organisation, the most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

A coughA high temperatureShortness of breath

You may also experience subtle aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea.

Some people develop all of the symptoms, but others only show a few.

New symptoms include a loss of taste or smell.

The main difference between coronavirus symptoms and cold and flu symptoms is the speed.

Coronavirus symptoms come on much slower and can take much longer to recover from.

With a cold, you will feel yourself getting better within a few days, but with a flu you’ll be stuck in bed for a week or longer.

Cold and flu symptoms: Should you self isolate if you have a cold?

Cold and flu symptoms: Within the next two weeks, the UK government could be asking people to self-isolate with cold or flu symptoms (Image: Getty)