You should stay at home (self-isolate) for 10 days and arrange to get tested as soon as possible if you have developed:

  • continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8°C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

You should phone 111 if your symptoms:

  • have not improved after 10 days
  • are severe or you have shortness of breath
  • worsen during home isolation

You should also phone 111 if you develop breathlessness or your symptoms worsen during the 10 days, especially if you:

  • are 70 years old or over
  • have underlying poor health
  • have heart or lung problems
  • have a weakened immune system, including cancer
  • have diabetes

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms

If someone in your household has developed one or all symptoms you should:

  • stay at home for 14 days from the day the first day the symptoms developed
  • visit NHS Inform for further advice on timeframes and how to prepare

You can access testing for COVID-19 through the NHS if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. If you are a keyworker you should follow the keyworker testing guidance.


    What to do if you are too unwell to work

    • call your manager to tell them of your absence
    • you or your manager should update MyView
    • visit NHS Inform for advice on self-isolation

    What to do if your symptoms are mild

    • call your manager to tell them of your symptoms
    • discuss options to work from home with your manager
    • if you are not able to work from home you or your manager should update MyView
    • visit NHS Inform for advice on self-isolation

    What to do if you're at home for 14 days because someone in your household has symptoms

    • call your manager to tell them of the reason for self-isolation
    • discuss options to work from home with your manager
    • if you are not able to work from home you or your manager should update MyView
    • visit NHS Inform for advice on self-isolation

    Becoming ill at work

    If you arrive in the workplace with a new continuous cough or a fever/high temperature or develop these symptoms while at work, you will be told to return home by your manager.

    Getting home, you should:

    • minimise contact with others and return quickly and directly home:
      • using private transportation
      • if you must use public transport follow the 'How to protect yourself & others' advice
    • if working from home is appropriate you should do so
    • if you are unable to work from home, your manager should update MyView

    How to protect yourself & others

    Coronavirus is spread by coughs and sneezes. This is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person.

    To help protect yourself you should:

    • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
    • use tissues only once, disposing of them promptly and carefully
    • wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser before and after eating and drinking, and after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet

    Fit and well? Here are other ways you can protect yourself and others

    • routinely clean and disinfect objects and surfaces such as telephones, keyboards, door handles, desks and tables that are touched frequently
    • try to give each other plenty of room in the workplace - you will sometimes need to be close to colleagues for some tasks but keep this to a minimum
    • ensure there's good ventilation by keeping windows open where possible and not closing doors for small rooms
    • in shared kitchen areas, crockery and cutlery should be cleaned with warm water and detergent and dried thoroughly
    • no matter where you work, in a school, residential care home, council office etc, food should not be left open for communal sharing unless individually wrapped

    If your team needs cleaning products, please buy supplies as normal. Additional stocks of hand sanitiser are on order.

    For further advice on how to avoid catching Coronavirus visit NHS Inform.