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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

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.

 

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

 

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

 

How do you catch coronavirus?

 

Coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person through coughs and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces so its important to wash hands before eating etc. Guidance on hand hygiene, cleaning and isolation is available on: 

www.nhs.uk https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Helpful tips: 

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus