- a temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)
- OR, a new and persistent 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)
- OR, anosmia – this is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked
If you develop any of the above symptoms, please now complete the Isle of Man COVID-19 Screening Assessment:
Completion of this assessment will decide whether a further telephone assessment needs to be undertaken by calling the Isle of Man COVID-111 telephone service or if no further action is required.
Currently we do not have COVID-19 circulating in the community on Island. This is why we have been able to lift the strict social distancing rules. Rates of infection in the UK are also falling although COVID-19 is still spreading in communities across albeit at very much lower levels than earlier in the year.
To maximise our chances of remaining COVID-19 free, we would have to effectively seal our borders and impose strict quarantine on the small number of individuals who might qualify for permission to return. Even this would not completely guarantee that further cases of COVID-19 would not occur on Island. It would also come at a massive social and economic cost to the Island and risk a higher number of deaths due to disruption to health services than would be likely to result from further cases of COVID-19. The government has taken the decision to move to ‘level 4’ border control based on consideration of the risks of importing further cases of COVID-19 balanced against the benefits to social and economic life and other health benefits. Sporadic cases of COVID-19 are likely to occur. The testing and tracing service should enable these to be controlled without the need to return to the levels of restrictions imposed under the ‘lockdown’ and ‘stay at home’ phases of response to COVID-19.
Currently, there remains a small risk to residents of infection from imported cases despite the requirement for people arriving on Island to self-isolate for 14 days. This means that it remains essential for anyone developing symptoms of COVID-19 (new onset continuous cough or temperature of 37.8 or change to sense of smell or taste) to complete the online self assessment tool and contact COVID111 if advised to do so.
Emergency warning signs
If you develop any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19 please seek medical attention immediately by calling 999.
Emergency warning signs include*:
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- new confusion or inability to rouse
- bluish lips or face
*This list is not exhaustive.
Please consult your GP or MEDS out of hours service for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.