Self isolation explained: The EIGHT things you need to know if you self-isolate

As of 9am on March 15, 1,372 people have tested positive for coronavirus. In the UK, 35 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

What is self-isolation?

The NHS is currently advising you to self-isolate for seven days if you have symptoms of coronavirus, such as a high temperature, or a new continuous cough.

If you have travelled to a badly affected area, or have been in contact with someone with the disease, you will also need to self-isolate.

The Government website reads: “Staying at home while you have coronavirus (COVID-19) helps to protect your friends, colleagues and the wider community.


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“It will also help to control the spread of the virus.”

While self-isolating, if your illness is getting worse call NHS 111 online if it’s not an emergency.

You can also call NHS 111, or dial 999 in an emergency.

You should remain at home until seven days after the onset of your symptoms.

How do I self-isolate?

According to the NHS website, there are a number of things you must do and not do while in self-isolation.

The NHS advises you DO:

– try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions

– ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them


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– sleep alone if possible

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

– try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions

– drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms

In addition to things you should do, the NHS also advises against some behaviours while self isolating.

The NHS advises you DON’T:

– do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)

– do not leave the house, for example to go for a walk, to school or public places

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