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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources

What GPs need to know about Covid testing, trials and research

Our resources page on Covid-19 testing, trials and research has a series of guides for you to explore, giving you a wealth of information to support your practice.

What you need to know to triage and assess suspected cases of Covid-19

On this page is an updated synthesis of all relevant guidance for primary care, with a list of key points and steps to take.

Conception, pregnancy, breastfeeding and vaccination

This guide provides latest evidence on vaccinations for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and those who want to conceive.

Covid vaccinations in children

In this guide, you’ll find evidence and guidance around Covid vaccinations for children and young people, brought together from the BMJ, The Green Book, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Clinical trial recruiting children and young people

This page details a University of Oxford study measuring antibody levels in people up to the age of 19 across the UK.

Evidence on Covid in children

On this page, you’ll find an up-to-date summary on infection rates, common presentations, symptoms and transmission in children and young people. The information is sourced from and links to resources from the RCPCH, the Lancet, the RCGP and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Management and guidance on febrile children

This guide brings together information from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) and the RCGP, to support GPs in their approach to possible Covid-19 infection in children.


Sourced from PHE, the information on this page is aimed at supporting GPs on when to suspect SARS-CoV-2 reinfection and how to investigate suspected cases.

Antigen testing

This guide will help you use clinical judgement and provides advice on lateral flow tests, PCR tests and when to test patients who don’t meet the case definition for Covid-19. Information is sourced from NHS UK, PHE, the Department of Health & Social Care and the UKRI.

Covid-19 vaccine research

On this page is summarised information relating to the NIHR developing a consent for contact register, which was sourced from the NIHR and NHS England.

Symptoms and signs

This page contains updated information based on emerging evidence on symptoms and signs of Covid-19, and formal case definition and clinical features from PHE.

QCovid Risk Calculator

An up-to-date guide for GPs on the QCovid score, which uses factors like age, sex, ethnicity and existing medical conditions to predict risk of death or hospitalisation from Covid-19.

Advice on wearing PPE for the public

This page provides helpful guidance for the general public on PPE, including proper use and the efficacy of different options. Information has been brought together from a number of sources, including WHO, The Cabinet Office, and PHE.

Does past infection with Covid-19 confer any protection for patients and healthcare staff?

This brief Q&A is sourced from Dr Naomi Platt, consultant in infectious diseases and general medicine, and provides an overview on post-Covid protection from reinfection.

What are the neurological manifestations of Covid and how do they present?

Provided by Dr Michael Zandi, consultant neurologist, this overview is helpful for GPs to understand about neurological presentations of Covid-19.

Clinical trial requires donated blood plasma

On this page is information on the service that was set up by NHS Blood and Transplant requesting blood plasma donations from people who have recovered from Covid-19.

How GPs should approach common childhood illnesses in the context of Covid-19

This brief Q&A provides advice for GPs, compiled by a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases.

What do I need to know about skin manifestations of Covid-19?

This brief guide, with advice from a consultant dermatologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, provides an overview of dermatological presentations in Covid infection.

What should I do if I suspect Covid-19 but my patient has negative swabs?

A brief Q&A with a consultant in infectious diseases on what to do if GPs suspect a Covid-negative patient has the virus.

I have had a negative antibody test despite being unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 – how should I interpret this?

Advice from a consultant in infectious diseases on what to do if someone with symptoms of Covid has a negative result from an antibody test.

Is low mood a common symptom in the acute and recovery phase of Covid-19 infection?

This short guide answers the question, with an update on emerging evidence from a consultant neuropsychiatrist.

Advice for smokers and vapers

This page provides an overview on how to advise patients, based on emerging evidence on risks of smoking, vaping and illness severity of Covid-19.

Management of long Covid in primary care

This page contains a summary of current guidelines on symptoms, criteria for diagnosis and an approach to management for patients with long Covid.

How long will anosmia and loss of taste last after Covid-19 infection?

An at-a-glance resource to help GPs advise patients about loss of smell and taste following recovery form Covid-19.

Treatment with budesonide for acute Covid-19 infection

Sourced from the MHRA, summarising inclusion and exclusion criteria and how to prescribe.

Vitamin D

On this page, we bring together information from a range of sources on evidence concerning whether vitamin D deficiency affects the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Self-referral for a keyworker Covid-19 test

This page contains details of home and regional testing for key workers and their households, and when best to take the test.


A brief summary of this important study, one of the largest that is relevant to general practice in the UK.

Covid symptom tracker

On this page is a guide about the nationwide Covid-19 symptom tracker tool, which healthcare workers can use so their increased risk can be recorded.

When to take an antigen or antibody test for Covid-19

This information is sourced from the UK Research and Innovation Website (UKRI), and summarises advice on when to take the different tests for Covid-19.