Guidance for people with possible coronavirus
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
- Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
- Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms (new advice as of 16 March)
- If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
- If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
On the 16 March new guidance was introduced for self-isolation of household contacts and social distancing;
For more information see COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
For more information see COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
Advice for home isolation
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home;
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home;
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home if possible;
- sleep alone, if possible;
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water;
- stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible.
Advice on how to self-isolate can be obtained here.