You should not leave your home if you have either:
- A high temperature (if you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
- A new, continuous cough (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 you are used to.)
The NHS recommends that those displaying symptoms do not go to a pharmacy, their GP or to hospital. Instead, they should use the online 111 Coronavirus service, available at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/. If you have symptoms, you should only call NHS24 (on 111) if you cannot get help online.
If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus, you must not leave your house. This is called self-isolation.
If you are self-isolating, you must not leave your home for any reason, other than to exercise once a day. Please stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people. Do not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone/online or ask someone to drop them off for you. It is important not to have visitors during self-isolation, even family or friends.
If you have symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 7 days. After this period, you can stop self-isolating if you do not have a high temperature. If you have a high temperature, continue self-isolating until it returns to normal. You don’t need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 7 days.
If you live with someone who has symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 14 days, because that’s how long it can take for symptoms to appear. If you then develop symptoms, you must self-isolate for 7 days from when they start. If not, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.
Reducing the spread of infection in the home
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are unavailable
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve, not your hands, when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Clean objects and surfaces you touch often, like door handles, kettles and phones, using your regular cleaning products
- Clean a shared bathroom each time you use it, for example by wiping the surfaces you have touched.
Everyone must stay at home, as you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
You must only go outside for food, health reasons or work (only if you can’t work from home).
You must only take one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk or cycle, alone or with members of your household.
You must stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times if you go out.
You must wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Do not meet others, even friends or family.