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Symptoms are defined by the NHS as follows:

  • high temperature – you feel warm to the touch on your chest or back
  • another cough continues – this means that you have started coughing several times

The NHS advice is that anyone with symptoms stay at home for at least 7 days.

If you live with other people, they must stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

After 14 days, anyone with whom you have no symptoms can return to their normal routine. But, if someone in your home has symptoms, they should stay home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they are at home for more than 14 days.

If you live with someone who is 70 years of age or older, has a long-term illness, is pregnant, or has a weakened immune system, try to find another place to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to get as far away from each other as possible.

After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature, you can resume your normal routine.

If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.

If you still cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you don’t need to stay at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection clears up.

Staying at home means you need to:

  • do not go to work, school or public places
  • do not use public transport or taxis
  • have no visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • don’t go out to buy food or collect medicine – order it over the phone or online, or have someone drop it off at your house

You can use your garden, if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise – but stay at least 2 meters from other people.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, use the NHS 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Source: NHS England March 23, 2020

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