Advice re: Self-Isolation
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 111.nhs.uk-isolation-note
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 111.nhs.uk (you should avoid calling 111, unless you don't have internet access)
* IF YOUR SYMPTOMS WORSEN CALL NHS 111 FOR ADVICE