Coronavirus – Staying At Home

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By Andy Phillpot
March 19, 2020

STAYING AT HOME

Advice from the NHS dealing with C0VID-19

With advice changing regularly, we wanted to bring you the latest from the NHS on how best to isolate to keep yourself and others safe and well.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO STAY HOME?

If you have symptoms you should stay at home for 7 days

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But if anyone in your home get symptoms, they should stay at home for 7days from the day that the symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days.

IMPORTANT

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.

I STILL HAVE SYMPTOMS AFTER 7 DAYS ….

After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.

If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.

If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

Use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus Service if:

You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home.

Your condition gets worse.

Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

DO

  • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions
  • ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside
  • sleep alone if possible
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • drink plenty of water and take paracetamol to help with your symptoms

DON’T

  • have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
  • leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places

Ibuprofen

There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse. But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you. If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non­steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.

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