19 Mar 2020
The person with the symptoms should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened, and keep away from other people in the home.
They should ask for help for groceries, other shopping or medication, which can be dropped off on the doorstep by friends, family or delivery drivers.
People are being advised not to ring NHS 111 or their GP to report their symptoms unless they are worried.
The Covid-19 disease can cause a fever, cough and breathing problems. It takes five days on average for people to start showing the symptoms.
What happens if you have a vulnerable person living with you?
You should keep at least 2m (6ft) back from a vulnerable person during any period of isolation, according to PHE.
The time spent in shared spaces, like kitchens, should be minimised and all rooms should be well-ventilated. Avoid using these rooms at the same time as a vulnerable person. If they can, they should take their meals back to their room to eat.
A vulnerable person should also use separate towels from the rest of the household. If possible, they should use a separate bathroom. If that is not possible, the bathroom should be cleaned every time it's used (for example, wiping surfaces with which you have come into contact).
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.
Personal waste (like tissues) should be double-bagged and put aside for 72 hours before being put in your outside bin.
So, what do you need to know about social distancing and self-isolation?
What is social distancing?
Social distancing means trying to avoid contact with other people.
It means spending less time in public places, where a lot of people are around.
The government wants:
People to start working from home wherever possible
All unnecessary travel stopped
Pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues to be avoided
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