Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Contact your manager to inform them of your symptoms, following local arrangements for reporting absence.
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.
Further advice is available from the NHS 111 self-assessment tool
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for seven to 10 days
- if you live with other people who have symptoms, and you have had contact with them, you should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
Living with people at risk
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant in the 3rd trimester or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days, or find alternative accommodation for yourself - see below Alternatives to Self-Isolation.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Alternatives to self-isolation
If you live with other people who have symptoms, and you choose to immediately remove yourself from the household so that you manage to avoid contact, you will be able to continue to attend work. We will provide you with alternative accommodation until the household isolation period has ended.
The process for booking accommodation is here.
When to end self-isolation and household-isolation
Clarity has been provided nationally on the process for ending self-isolation and household isolation.
- If you live alone and have symptoms, you should self-isolate for seven to10 days.
- If one person in a household is symptomatic then the whole household should isolate for 14 days.
If after seven to 10 days you no longer have a high temperature then you can return to your normal routine.
After seven to 10 days, the first person in the household to become ill can return to normal activity if they no longer have a high temperature. During this period, if any of the remaining household contacts become unwell, they must be isolated for 10 days from the onset of their own symptoms. After seven days, household contacts can also return to normal duties if they no longer have a high temperature.
The full guidance on ending isolation is available on the GOV.uk website.
Frequently asked questions
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