To protect others, you must stay at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This is called self-isolation.
If you think you might have coronavirus, check if you need to self-isolate using the 111 online coronavirus service . You should not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.
You should self-isolate for 7 days.
After 7 days:
- you can stop self-isolating if your symptoms have gone, or if you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these symptoms can last for weeks after the infection has gone
- keep self-isolating if you have any other symptoms (such as a high temperature, runny nose, feeling sick or diarrhoea) – you can stop self-isolating when your symptoms have gone
If you live with someone who has symptoms
If you live with someone who has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started.
This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.
If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.
- If you get symptoms while self-isolating – you should self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started, even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days.
- If you do not get symptoms while self-isolating – you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.
NHS 111 has an online service, or you can call 111 from anywhere in the UK to get help