The Covid-19 pandemic has led to some massive changes to everyday life, has resulted in a lot of anxiety, speculation and even misinformation about treatments and causes.

The best way to reduce your risk from coronavirus is to ensure you are properly informed about symptoms, testing and treatments. At Rightdose, we are here to give you unbiased, straightforward advice to protect you and your loved ones.


The severity of coronavirus symptoms can vary a lot between individuals. However, the main symptoms to look out for are:

  • A high temperature. Sufferers will feel hot to the touch on the chest or back. You won’t need a thermometer to notice the change in temperature.
  • A new, continuous cough. This means coughing episodes that last for more than an hour. If you have an existing cough, you may notice this gets a lot worse.
  • A loss of the sense of taste or smell. You may not be able to taste or smell anything, or things may taste or smell differently from usual.

Less common symptoms include:

  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Sneezing.
  • Sore throat.

Most sufferers will have at least one of the more common symptoms. They may not experience any of less common coronavirus symptoms.

What if I have symptoms?

If you think you have coronavirus, you should immediately self isolate, to reduce the risk of spreading the disease.

Ensure you do not have any visitors, and arrange a test as soon as you can. Anyone who lives with you should also isolate until you get your test results.

You can either request a home test or arrange an appointment at a testing centre. You should only leave the house to attend the testing centre.

Protect yourself and others

Preventative measures to reduce the risk of infection are the most important ways to combat coronavirus.

These include:

  • Practising social distancing.
  • Wearing a facemask in public places.
  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Using hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.

Treating Symptoms

Currently, there is no treatment for coronavirus, but you may be able to treat mild symptoms.

Paracetamol can help reduce temperature and ease pain. Muscle pain can also be treated using ibuprofen.

Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and rest. 

Lozenges can be used to treat a sore throat.

If you have more severe symptoms, you should seek medical help.

At Rightdose, we will update this as advice about coronavirus changes.

The most important thing to remember is to stay safe. Face masks are available for just £3 for a pack of 10. You can also purchase hand sanitiser for just £2.

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