What is self-isolation and when should I stay at home?

What is ‘Stay at Home’ self–isolation?    

‘Staying at Home’ self-isolation is for an individual when they show symptoms, or for households when one anyone in that household shows symptoms. The Government is asking that in this case people stay at home and do not go out at all, and avoid all contact with people.

This will help control the spread of the virus.


When should I self–isolate?

You should self-isolate when you or a household member have the most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.


What should I do when isolating?

You should remain in your home. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. You can go for a walk as long as you are practicing social distancing (walking 2 metres apart).

If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.

You will need to ask friends or relatives if you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online.

You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home. For further advice please follow the following link:


More information for staff members

If you are a member of staff at Thera, please visit our staff information pages for what to do if you think you need to self-isolate, when you can return to work and whether you will be paid.


Last updated: 20 March 2020, 6:47pm