Home Health Keeping safe at home if you have COVID-19
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Keeping safe at home if you have COVID-19

by Jonathan Kearney

The NHS has produced guidance for people who suspect they have coronavirus and need to self-isolate at home.

The guide is for people who do not require hospital treatment but may be suffering from mild symptoms of the virus.

It contains information about covering from the virus and who to contact for support and advice.

The first thing you should do if you show symptoms of coronavirus is book a test online or by calling 119.

You should assume you have COVID-19 until a test shows otherwise and self-isolate at home for at least 10 days, along with other members of your household.

If you do have coronavirus and your condition worsens, you should call 999 immediately in cases such as:

  • You are unable to complete short sentences when at rest due to shortness of breath
  • You cough up blood or have stopped passing urine

You should contact NHS 111 if you feel symptoms such as severe muscle ache, shakes or shivers, loss of appetite and severe fatigue.

You should always act immediately if you feel your condition is getting worse.

Remember that if you do need to self-isolate support is available, whether it’s help with shopping or just someone to talk to.