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Self-isolating or looking after a dependant

The UK Government has advised that any individuals showing symptoms or living with someone showing symptoms of coronavirus, should self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days and avoid all but essential contact with others. This isolation period is reduced to 7 days if you live alone. This guidance applies regardless of whether you have travelled to an affected area or not, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 transmission.

Symptoms are defined as a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) and a new, continuous cough. 

Self-isolation means you need to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. It is fully explained on the NHS website.

For more guidance on self-isolation please visit our coronavirus FAQ page.

Please note the advice below also applies for if you need to care for a dependant.