As of 12 March, the Government is advising people to stay home for 7 days if they have either or both of the following:
- A high temperature.
- A new, continuous cough.
This is a precaution to try to delay the spread of coronavirus in the UK.
If your symptoms are mild you don't need to contact the NHS. But if your symptoms are getting worse and you reach a point where you would normally call for medical care, you should ring 111 for help. You can also use the NHS specialist online coronavirus service for advice.
If you think you have might have coronavirus don’t go to your doctor’s surgery or hospital. If you need to speak to someone, call 111 and they will make arrangements directly for testing and treatment.
There's advice from the Government on how to manage if you're staying at home.
If you're feeling unwell, it's important to keep practising good hygeine, like washing your hands regularly.
There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. The Government issues advice on where you should avoid travelling to.
If you’ve been to a country where there’s a higher risk of coronavirus, there’s specific advice on what you should do.
During normal day-to-day activities face masks don't protect people from viruses like coronavirus. The best way to reduce any risk of infections is with good hygiene, like washing your hands, and avoiding direct or close contact (within 2 metres) with any potentially infected person.
Healthcare professionals may wear masks if they're looking after people who have tested positive for coronavirus, or may have been infected. If someone has been told they have coronavirus, they may be advised to wear a mask.
You only need to stay at home and avoid contact with other people (called 'self-isolating') if you have a high temperature or a persistent cough, or if you’ve been advised by NHS 111 or another healthcare professional.
If you or someone you know has a weakened immune system (for example, because of an existing health condition), it’s important to ensure you and those you’re in close contact with pay attention to the advice above.
If you care for someone who has a new, continuous cough or a high temperature it's important thay they stay at home for 7 days. We would advise carers to call 111 for specific advice and it may be a good idea to contact your GP too. You can find more information for carers here.
If you care for someone who has a new, continuous cough or a high temperature it's important that they stay at home for 7 days. We would advise carers to call 111 for specific advice and it may be a good idea to contact your GP too. You can find more information for carers here.
If someone’s been advised to self-isolate, is very worried about going out or decides they’d prefer not to, there are still plenty of things you can do to help.
Stay in touch over the phone, by post, online or by popping over for a chat (assuming the person is allowed to have contact with others, and you take the precautions outlined above).
See if people need any shopping or help by running some errands.
Encourage people to stay active around the house and keep moving.
It's completely understandable to be worried about the impact coronavirus may have on you or those you care about. Try to stay calm and follow the official advice from the Government. The charity Mind has information you might find helpful.