If there's a chance you could have coronavirus, you are asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).
Please refer to the latest updated guidance on staying at home for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection from Public Health England.
Public Health England has also created an easy-read guide to self-care during this time available to download in the downloads section.
Self-isolation means you should:
- stay at home
- not go to work, school or public places
- not use public transport or taxis
- ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
- try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
You will need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.
If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested (book online or ring 119) and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. The vast majority of people who are tested in person get their results the very next day.
If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.
Please note anyone whose household is displaying symptoms of corona virus and self-isolating (even if not a confirmed case) must store their household waste and recycling for at least 72 hours before putting it out for collection in their black and blue bins.
Take a minute to fill in our Self-Isolation Form using the link below. The Council and its partners want to know the impact of Coronavirus on our local communities and to identify people who are self-isolating that might need support.
Return to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) homepage
- Coronavirus 'easy-read' self care guide
- Download (1.36MB - PDF)