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National lockdown: Stay at Home

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.

Back to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How to self-isolate

Find out more about self-isolating and what happens next.

If you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • are waiting for test results for you or a household member,
  • have had a positive test for COVID-19; or
  • are a close or household contact of someone who has tested for COVID-19

You must self-isolate. This is to stop the spread of the virus.

Isolation means not going to work, shops or public areas and not using public transport or taxis. None of your household should go out, even to buy food or other essentials, and exercise must be taken at home.

If you go into work, you should let your employer know that you are isolating waiting for your test results.

If the person with symptoms is a schoolchild or young person, please let the school know they have symptoms and that they, and their household, are self-isolating waiting for results.

Whilst self-isolating, it is important to keep physically active. Exercise in your home, garden or private outdoor space if you feel well enough.

It is also important to take care of your mental wellbeing. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone, by text and over social media.

Actions to take if your test is positive

If you test positive for COVID-19 you, and your household, need to follow the national Stay at Home and self-isolate.

You, and the people you live with, need to isolate for the advised length of time even if you, or they, later test negative during the isolation period.

You do not need to take another test before returning to school or work but you must be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school or work (if you still have a cough, but are otherwise well, you can return to work or school).

If you live with others and test positive for COVID-19, try and stay away from the other members of your household as much as possible. If you can, avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens when other people are present, and take your meals back to your room to eat. You should wear a face-covering when you are in shared areas in your home and, whenever possible, open windows to keep the room ventilated.

Actions to take if your test is negative

If you test negative for COVID-19 you may still need to self-isolate.

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case (someone who has tested positive for COVID-19) then you need to self-isolate for 10 days. This is the case even if you test negative for COVID-19. You cannot return to work or school during this self-isolation period.

You can stop self-isolating if you have a negative test and:

  • You are now well
  • You have not been asked to self-isolate because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What to do if someone in your house tests positive

If you live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the whole household must self-isolateĀ and follow the stay at home guidance. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to arrange a test.

It is important to reduce the spread of coronavirus within your household.

This can be done by:

  • Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then bin the tissue and wash your hands
  • Regularly cleaning shared surfaces
  • Keeping indoor areas well ventilated, by opening windows where possible
  • Wear a face-covering if you need to deliver any close care to another person

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