Self-isolation advice

When to self-isolate and for how long

Comprehensive self-isolation advice can be found here

If you have symptoms of a high temperature and a new continuous cough the guidance is as follows:

  • Stay home for 7 days
  • Do not got to any GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are self-isolating at home
  • Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service
  • Phone 111 if you feel you cannot cope with your condition at home or your symptoms get worse

If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.

If you get symptoms, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you’re at home for longer than 14 days.

If you do not get symptoms, you can stop staying at home after 14 days.

Coping with self-isolation

You might be feeling anxious about how you will cope with a period of self-isolation: either the practicalities of having enough food, medication, and other essentials to keep you safe and well; or the prospect of being lonely and cut-off from other people and the activities you normally do.

Here are some sources of information and support:

  • Age UK information, advice, and support for older people
  • Unicef advice on how to talk to children about Coronavirus