Self-isolation

    Self-isolation

    Things might become frustrating whilst self-isolating, if you suspect you have COVID-19. Although it will be difficult, you should remain in your home for the full period of your isolation. Don’t go to work, school, or any public areas. Don’t use public transport or taxis. You can leave your house for supplies or exercise, but you’re advised to keep this to a minimum. 

    Anyone bringing items to your house should leave them outside and you should collect them when they’ve left.

    While in isolation, you should continue to wash your hands more regularly than you would otherwise. Wash them with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

    You should try and stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that you can open. Try to keep the window open as much as possible to enable ventilation and help to establish a clean airflow. 

    Avoid shared spaces. If you have more than one bathroom, designate yourself a bathroom away from the rest of the household. If you do share a bathroom, it’s important that you clean your facilities every time you use them. If you can, you should sleep alone.

    You should drink water to keep yourself hydrated. Try to drink enough that your urine is a pale clear colour. 

    You can manage your symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, such as painkillers. There is no official advice on the use of ibuprofen, but some scientists and clinicians are advising against the use of ibuprofen if you suspect you have COVID-19. The evidence remains unclear. You may wish to use Paracetamol instead. If you are under medical instructions to take ibuprofen, you should not stop taking it without speaking to your doctor first. If you are in isolation, you must not visit the pharmacist yourself - ask friends or family to collect medicines.

    It’s really important to try to look after your mental health while in isolation. Keep in touch with loved ones by phone, email, or social media.