During this time, the advice is that people stay at home when possible. Below is some guidance from the Government on how to stay healthy when you are self isolating:
- Stay at home for 7 (individual) or 14 (group) days - this means not going out at all - do this even if you think your symptoms are mild
- Ask for help - if you find it hard to stay at home - text, email, phone, friends, family, employers or your community to get help - but they mustn't come into your home
- Keep your distance - keep 2 metres (around 3 steps) away from others - including family - for the full period - do not go to your GP surgery or hospital
- Sleep alone - if you can sleep alone you must - it will help ensure people you live with aren't infected
- Keep washing your hands - often and for 20 seconds with soap and water helps
- Drink plenty of fluids - and take everyday pain killers like paracetamol if you need to
- Keep cleaning - so you keep surfaces clean
- Reduce contact with at risk people - people over 70, women who are pregnant and those with underlying health conditions are more at risk - help keep them safe.
For further information read this government advice on staying at home and isolating.
Taking care of yourself while you’re at home
As well as your physical health, it is important to take care of your mental health and well-being during this time. The mental health charity Mind has put together some useful information on how to do this while you’re at home: