Cold & Flu season


We thought it might be helpful, as we head into the autumn/ winter cold and flu season, to remind you of the difference in symptoms between a cold and Covid-19.

For detailed information, please visit the NHS website on the following line:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • 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)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

The latest NHS advice about cold and flu symptoms can be found on the NHS website but common cold symptoms are:

  • a blocked or runny nose
  • a sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • coughs
  • sneezing
  • a raised temperature
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell

cold season

The national laboratory capacity to process tests is currently under a lot of pressure. Please only get a test if you have at least one of the COVID-19 symptoms or have been asked to get tested by a health professional. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get a test done as soon as possible and within the first five days of having symptoms.

There is a regional testing site near the Motorpoint Area – this is drive-in only – and a mobile testing unit that is currently moving around the city and county according to local need. It will be at the Forest Recreation Ground from 19-23 September.

  • Please book a test straight away if you have symptoms
  • Please don’t book if you do not have symptoms
  • Don’t attend any test sites if you do not have an appointment
  • Only travel to the mobile site on foot or by private vehicle alone or with others from your household – do not use public transport if you have symptoms

Two further local testing sites are coming soon to the city on sites to be announced this week. These will serve the public as well as the student community. In addition, work is ongoing to establish the best further testing solutions for our city communities