What happens if I need to self-isolate?

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
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If you live alone and have symptoms, stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with other people, you all need to 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, the NHS advises that you try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

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

Public Health England has provided information on what you should do if you’re asked to self-isolate.

You should let your employer know as soon as possible if you are not able to come into work, and maintain communication.

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