COVID-19 – Advice for respiratory infections

COVID-19 – Advice for respiratory infections

Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, please call a GP for advice.

After 10 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have any symptoms can return to their normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement after 10 days and have not already sought medical advice, you should call 111 before you leave your home or let visitors in.

Whilst isolated at home you should:

  • Keep contact with other family members to a minimum.
  • Frequently wash hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough and sneeze always into a tissue paper and dispose ASAP (catch it, bin it, kill it!).
  • Maintain social distancing where possible.

Please note that the cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite other symptoms and the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone should remain isolated.

If any other members of your family who have been in contact with you develop similar symptoms of infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath or nasal congestion/runny nose) they too should remain at home isolated for 10 days. The same instructions above, apply to them.

If someone is critically ill, as always, call for an ambulance immediately on 190 (ensure you explain a potential COVID-19 infection if appropriate).