Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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What to do if you have symptoms

Last updated: 24 March at 14:59

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature.)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Why you should stay at home

How long to stay at home

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days.
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read more advice from the NHS on self-isolation and staying at home

Household waste collections

If someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms help keep our waste collection crew safe.

  1. Put contaminated waste, such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, straight into disposable rubbish bags. 
  2. Place these rubbish bags into another bag and tie it securely. 
  3. keep it aside for at least 72 hours before putting it into your usual external household waste bin (not recycling).