Home Health Self isolating? You’re not alone

Self isolating? You’re not alone

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley residents who are displaying symptoms of coronavirus need to stay at home and arrange a test – people in their household will also need to stay at home.

What does self isolation mean and what support is available?

You should self-isolate if:
• you have any symptoms of coronavirus including a high temperature, a new or continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – start to self-isolate immediately and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
• you’ve tested positive for coronavirus
• you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive
• someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive
• you’re told by NHS Test and Trace that you’ve been in close contact with a person with coronavirus (this is within 2m for 15 minutes or more)

How long to self-isolate
If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you’ll need to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when you developed symptoms.
You’ll also need to self-isolate for 10 days if:
• someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
• someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
• you’ve been told by NHS Test and Trace that you’ve been in contact with someone who has coronavirus

How to ease your symptoms at home
If you have a high temperature, you should:
• Get lots of rest
• Drink plenty of fluids (water is best)
• Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if safe to do so

If you have a cough
• Avoid lying on your back. Lie on your side or sit upright instead
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Mix honey into your drink to soothe your throat

If symptoms worsen
Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service if you feel breathless and your symptoms are getting worse.
In an emergency, call 999 for an ambulance.

What support is available
A Community Support and Volunteer Line has been created for Knowsley residents requiring additional support if they are self isolating, including help with shopping, dog walking or just having someone to talk to.

Anyone needing support can call free phone 0800 073 0043 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contact your local pharmacy online or over the phone if you require medicine. Many pharmacies offer a prescription delivery service.

If you are self isolating, it’s really important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Maintaining social contact with family and friends over the phone or online is really important as well as ensuring you get a good night’s sleep and know the signs of stress and anxiety and importantly, steps you can take to manage it.

The Kind to Your Mind website provides a range of useful advice and resources to help you through these challenging times including dealing with stress, getting better sleep, improving resilience and coping with your emotions during the pandemic.

If you require urgent mental health support, please contact the 24/7 emergency support line on 0800 051 1508. Help and support is a phone call away. This support is available for children, young people and adults.


Please note: This article was updated on 16 December 2020 to reflect the change in required self-isolation time, from 14 days to 10.