What should I do in self-isolation?

Self-isolation means staying at home for 14 days, not going to work, school or other public places, and avoiding public transport or taxis

“Common-sense” steps include staying in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened and keeping away from other people in your home.

Ask for help if you need groceries, other shopping or medication.

It’s OK to have friends, family or delivery drivers drop off supplies to get you through the two weeks.

What if someone self-isolating shares a home?

If you are self-isolating and share a kitchen, try to avoid using it when other people are there and take your meals back to your room to eat. Clean all the surfaces at home with household cleaning products daily.

Although you might not be able to entirely separate yourself from family members or flatmates, the advice is to limit contact as much as possible.

People living with someone in isolation should wash their hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially after coming into contact with them or something they have handled.

You shouldn’t share towels, toiletries or other household items with someone in isolation and they should have a separate bathroom and toilet.

If that is not possible, the isolated person should use the bathroom last, cleaning it thoroughly afterwards if they are able.

Any rubbish that the isolated person has been in contact with should be double-bagged. Don’t throw these bags away until you know whether or not the isolated person has the virus.

If the person tests positive, you will be told what to do with their waste.