The Advice

The current Public Health England advice is to self-isolate if you have a ‘new, continuous’ cough or high temperature for a period of 7 days.

The Threat

The threat posed by Covid-19 has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as ‘high’ and allows the Government to plan for all eventualities and that there is a ‘reasonable risk’ to individuals. 

What can you do?

Current advice centres around good hygiene practices. This means keeping tissues on you at all times to catch coughs and sneezes, and then binning it; and washing your hands regularly with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or using hand sanitising gel to kill germs.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave your home for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home


These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

. We’ll keep updating you as things progress.