So, what do you need to know about self-isolation and how to do it?

Do I need to self-isolate?

You may need to isolate yourself if you have travelled to an affected area, or have been in close contact with an infected person.

Travellers returning from many parts of Asia where the virus is prevalent and Italy north of Pisa – you can find a full list of countries here – are only being asked to self-isolate and get tested if they feel symptoms. These include a cough, fever or shortness of breath.

Don’t go to the GP or hospital – stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if your symptoms are mild. (In parts of Wales where 111 isn’t available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47, and in Northern Ireland you should call your GP.)

Other people returning from some virus hotspots are being asked to isolate themselves and call 111 – even if they have no symptoms.

That applies if you’ve returned from Iran, the towns in northern Italy under quarantine or the “special care zones” in South Korea since 19 February – or from Hubei province in China in the last 14 days.

People should also self-isolate if they have been in “close and sustained” contact with individuals with the virus. Spending 15 minutes within two metres (6ft) of an infected person is judged to be a significant risk.

What should I do in self-isolation?

People needing to self-isolate should take “common-sense” steps to avoid close contact with other people, says Public Health England.

That means staying at home for 14 days, not going to work, school or other public places, and avoiding public transport or taxis.

Full article on The BBC Website Here


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