General public health advice

If you have symptoms of coronavirus illness and you live alone, you must self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of the symptoms. If you live with others and you, or someone you live with, have symptoms of coronavirus illness, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher), or
  • A new continuous cough, or
  • Anosmia - the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.

More information about staying at home is available online.

Urgent advice: 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 

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

You should continue to follow the advice from the NHS to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene:

  • Frequently clean your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, throw it in the bin and then immediately wash your hands.