• a high temperature
• a new cough where you keep on coughing. This means coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more episodes of coughing in a day
• Losing or there being a change to your sense of smell or taste
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and self isolate - which means that you do not leave home for at least 10 days. Your housemates need to self isolate too (see below)
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital unless it is an emergency. In an emergency call 999
Let people know who you have been close to over the last 2 days that you have coronavirus symptoms. Being close to could mean: Being face to face with someone who is closer than 1 metre (3 feet) from you for any length of time.
This includes things like:
• talking to someone or • coughing on someone. Being within 1 to 2 metres (3 – 6) feet) of someone for more than 15 minutes.
This includes things like:
• being in a car with them • spending time at home with them doing things like cleaning
If your test shows you have coronavirus, you will be contacted by text, email or phone and will be asked to provide information about the people you have been close to recently.
After 10 days if you still have a high temperature, you must stay home and away from people until you feel better. After 10 days if you only have a cough and/or loss of sense of taste or smell you don’t have to stay home and away from people any more.
Everyone else you share your house with must still stay home because they might have caught the virus, but may not be showing symptoms yet. They must stay at home for 14 days from the first day you felt poorly, even if they feel well
If they then start to have coronavirus symptoms, they should stay at home and not meet up with other people for 10 days from when their symptoms started
While you are staying at home arrange for food and medication to be delivered. They must not come into your home.
If you cannot get a supermarket delivery for a few days, you should use a delivery service like Deliveroo to pick up and deliver the essentials you require. If you are in a large shared building, ensuring you wear a mask and sanitise your hands when you go to receive your delivery. Touch as little areas as possible.
You should not be using public transport or taxis. Do not allow social visits from friends and family as you will spread the virus
Use your phone and social media to keep in touch
For up to date guidance, visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
1. Use a different bathroom if possible. If you use the same bathroom clean it each time after you use it. Wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household cleaner (disinfectant)
2. Use different towels
3. Do not share a bed
4. Do not use the kitchen at the same time
5. Clean surfaces that you often touch several times a day. Use household cleaner (detergent)
6. Use a dishwasher. If this is not possible, wash and dry each person’s things separately. Use a different sponge and tea towels for each person
7. Do not shake dirty washing before putting it in the washing machine. If you do not have a washing machine, wait 3 days after your staying at home period ends before taking it to be washed
8. Put rubbish such as tissues and disposable wiping cloths into rubbish bags that are tied shut. Then put these bags inside a second bag. You should wait 3 days before you put them outside for the rubbish collection