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Current government advice for anyone self-isolating

16 March, 2020

The Prime Minister announced on Monday evening stricter measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Government said they would with immediate effect:

  • Close all shops selling non-essential goods
  • Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public
  • Stop all social events including weddings, but excluding funerals.

You are now only permitted to leave your home to:

  • shop for necessities as infrequently as possible
  • exercise once a day
  • If you have a medical need
  • travel to work, if you work in a critical industry like the NHS

The government has asked people to self-isolate for two weeks if anyone one in the household comes down with coronavirus symptoms.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a new continuous cough and/or
  • a high temperature

Current government advice for anyone self-isolating is:

  • If you have a fever or persistent cough you should stay at home for seven days if you live alone, or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days.
  • Non-essential contact with others should be avoided, particularly for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.
  • People should work from home.
  • People should stop all unnecessary travel.

If you have to self isolate, there is no need to call 111 unless your symptoms worsen during isolation or you are no better after seven days. In that scenario, current advice is to contact NHS online or call 111 if you have no internet access. Only call 999 in an emergency.

Advice for people who have to self-isolate but live with other people or children can be found here.
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and staying at least two metres away from other people is still the key advice to follow, as is staying away from vulnerable

individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible.

Anyone self-isolating is being asked to arrange for friends, families or employers to help them get the things they need to stay at home.
The government will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms.

We will update this page as further guidance is issued.

You can follow updates from Camden, Islington and Westminster through our live blog here.

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