Covid-19 / Coronavirus Information

Guidance for people with possible coronavirus

Self Isolation

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.

Visit the PHA website

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

When self-isolating:

  • 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.