Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information

Advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home

Living with COVID-19

COVID-19 legal restrictions in England have been removed but standard controls such as ventilation of indoor spaces, hands cleaning and respiratory hygiene remain important.

Get NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home.

COVID symptoms

Every time a new COVID-19 variant emerges there is much speculation about differences in symptoms. The main symptoms of COVID-19 in both adults and children remain the same:

  • 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

If you’re worried about your symptoms, or you’re not sure what to do, contact your GP or get help from NHS 111.

COVID-19 vaccine

You can find information on the COVID-19 vaccine and doses on the NHS website.

Getting vaccinated and getting a booster dose are the most important measures you can take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge and only available through the NHS.

Information on the current vaccination offer and how to book an appointment to receive your vaccination.

Protect yourself and others

It’s still important that we protect ourselves, our friends and loved ones by continuing to take sensible steps to stop the virus spreading.

By continuing to do these things we can try and halt the spread of the virus and keep life moving in Blackburn and Darwen.

The full list of actions we’d like everyone to consider are:

  • booking your first, second and booster vaccine dose if eligible without delay if you have not already done so
  • letting fresh air into enclosed spaces
  • washing hands often and carrying hand sanitiser

Latest case numbers

You can find information on total case numbers for England as well as the situation in your local area on the official Coronavirus Data webpage.