The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:


• new continuous cough and/or
• high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Main Messages

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  •  if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, 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
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Who this guidance is for

This advice is intended for:
• people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
• those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus




Things to help you prepare now

Make a plan for your household or family
The best thing you can do now is plan for how you can adapt your daily routine, and that of others in your household, to be able to follow this advice. Some of the ways in which you could prepare include:
• talk to your neighbours and family and exchange phone numbers of household contacts
• consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable
• create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbours, schools, employer, chemist, NHS 111
• set up online shopping accounts if possible

Prevention & Preparation

How to be prepared for Covid-19

As the UK prepares to face the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we’ve listed a few of the different methods you can utilise in your day-to-day life in order to limit the spread of this highly infectious virus.

All of the information listed in this document was sourced from the NHS and other government agencies, who should always be your primary source of information for anything COVID-19 related.

Protecting yourself from Covid-19

Travel Advice

For those who need to travel, please stay current with COVID-19 developments and travel advice found at the website. Exercise caution while traveling, practice the above prevention points.


Useful links for further live updates

For the most up-to-date information you can visit The Department of Health and Social Care or see the below links for various official sources. – Action Plan
World Health Organisation
Advice for the public
FAQ on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

For comprehensive information about COVID-19, please visit:
Public Health England
Public Health Wales
Health Protection Scotland
Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)


Sources: World Health Organisation | | NHS.UK/Coronavirus


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