Advice on what to do if you think you have Coronavirus
Important Note: Whether or not you show symptoms of COVID-19, you must practise social distancing and ensure that you follow guidelines from the government and the NHS. For example, you should regularly wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and cover your face with a tissue or your sleeve if you cough or sneeze to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.
Those with symptoms of Coronavirus
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a dry, continuous cough and a high temperature. Of course, you can experience these symptoms without having the coronavirus. However, without testing, it is difficult to know for certain. Therefore, if you are experiencing any symptoms, the government advises that you should self-isolate at home for 7 days. You should also call the NHS helpline on 111 for further information and advice.
When you are in self-isolation, you should not leave the house, and should not engage in face-to-face contact with anyone outside of your household. The NHS guidelines stipulate that you can leave the house to undertake exercise, but you should stay at least 2 metres away from others.
According to the NHS website, if you still have a temperature after 7 days, you should continue to self-isolate as the coronavirus may still be present. If you do not have a high temperature or simply just have a cough after 7 days, then you do not need to continue to self-isolate, unless someone else in your household is showing symptoms.
Those who are in contact with others who have symptoms of COVID-19
Whether or not you have previously experienced symptoms, if a member of your household shows signs of COVID-19, you must also self-isolate. The NHS recommend that you self-isolate for 14 days from when the other person first exhibited symptoms. This is because it can take up to 14 days for you to show symptoms if you have caught the coronavirus. If you do show symptoms, you should self-isolate for 7 days from when you first experienced the symptoms.
Moreover, if you come into contact with someone else who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate. When you have the coronavirus, it can a while for the symptoms to manifest. Therefore, if you do not show symptoms immediately after being in contact with someone who has symptoms, do not presume that you have not got COVID-19. Self-isolation is key for protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus.
It is important to remember that when you come out of self-isolation, this does not mean you can come and go as you please. You should only go out to shop for essentials, to care for vulnerable people if required, to go to work if you are a key worker, or to exercise once a day. For more information, please see the NHS website.
If you are pregnant, or have an underlying health condition, then you should be vigilant and ensure you are practising social distancing. Pregnant women who are experiencing symptoms should also self-isolate for 7 days, and seek medical help if symptoms worsen. At this point, there is no evidence to show that the coronavirus can affect pregnancies. Find out more information here.