CORONAVIRUS – COVID 19
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO SELF ISOLATION:
Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or while singing “Happy Birthday” twice)
If you start to suffer a continuous new cough or fever, follow this advice:
People who live alone – Should stay at home for seven days
People who live with others – The entire household should stay at home for 14 days, allowing everyone time to develop symptoms and recover.
What does self-isolating mean?
Remain in your home
Do not go to work, school or public areas and do not use public transport or taxis
Do not even leave the house to get essentials
Only go out for exercise and ensure you do not come into contact with people while doing so
Stay two metres away from other people in the home, sleep alone, and ask for food and supplies to be left outside the door
If you have small children it may not be possible to separate yourself from them – but keep contact to a minimum
Stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
If you have a garden, it is fine to use it as long as you keep two meters away from other members of your household
If you share a bathroom, clean the toilet and shower or bath each time you use them
There are two phases to the illness – the vast majority only suffer phase one, which lasts seven days. One in seven suffer phase two which kicks in on day six and can last up to three weeks
Day One – Fever is a common symptom and a dry cough can develop
Day Two – Fatigue
Day Seven – Symptoms start to diminish – although a cough may continue
Action – If you live alone and feel better, and your fever has gone after seven days, you can go back to work. A lingering cough is nothing to worry about
If you live with others, continue your isolation for another seven days to ensure they are also clear of the virus.
If you continue to feel poorly log on to NHS 111.
Day Six – If you have developed breathing problems ACTION Log on to NHS111 or if your condition rapidly deteriorates, call 999. Some may need hospital care.
DAY Seventeen – Death is rare (1% – 2%)
DAY Twenty One – By now even severe cases should be under control.