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What does self-isolating mean?

If you have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days because of your recent travel, but had no symptoms, make sure you report any cough, fever or shortness of breath to NHS111, telling them you are being asked to self-isolate because of coronavirus. If you have been given a designated medical contact point, you can also call them for advice and they will talk you through the next steps.


If you have new symptoms and choose to self-isolate, you need to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 7 days. It is important to follow the advice for the whole period. Further information can be found at:



  • stay at home
  • separate yourself from other people - for example, try not to be in the same room as other people at the same time
  • only allow people who live with you to stay
  • stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened
  • ask friends, family members or delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online
  • clean toilets and bathrooms regularly
  • think about a bathroom rota if a separate bathroom is not available, with the isolated person using the facilities last, before thoroughly cleaning the bathroom themselves
  • use separate towels from anyone else in the household
  • wash crockery and utensils thoroughly with soap and water; dishwashers may be used to clean crockery and cutlery
  • stay away from your pets - if unavoidable, wash your hands before and after contact



  • do not invite visitors to your home or allow visitors to enter
  • do not go to work, school or public areas
  • do not use public transport like buses, trains, tubes or taxis
  • do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home