Advice re: Self-Isolation

March 17, 2020


This page contains information on what you should do if you or a member of your household have symptoms and need to self-isolate.  For information regarding "social distancing" for vulnerable people please click here.


Anyone who has a new, continuous cough or a fever has been asked to self-isolate along with all members of the same household.


The guidance states that anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days and that other people in the same household should stay at home for at least 14 days - this will avoid spreading the infection outside the home.


If you live alone and develop symptoms you should stay at home for 7 days.


If you live with others, everyone in the household must stay at home.  If, during the 14 days, anyone else gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from when their symptoms started; this may mean they are at home for longer than 14 days.


If you still have symptoms after 7 days and you still have a high temperature, you must continue to isolate. 


If you have a cough that is still apparent after 7 days, but you do not have a temperature, you can return to your normal routine.


If you are a worker you can self-certify for 7 days.  If you need a note for your employer you can visit


If you need to stay at home:


* try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from others in the home, particularly those over 70 or with long-term health conditions

* ask friends or family to deliver things like food shopping or medicines, or use a delivery service, ensuring the items are left outside for you

* if possible, sleep alone

* regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

* drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers to help with your symptoms

* do not allow visitors inside the property

* do not leave your home

* for advice visit (you should avoid calling 111, unless you don't have internet access)



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