Five things you need do if you have to self-isolate during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus has now been declared a global pandemic as the killer bug continues its march across the globe.

Britain now has 460 confirmed cases with eight people tragically dying from COVID-19.

As the crisis continues to escalate, drastic measures are being considered, such as closing schools for a month with teachers being told to prepare home learning packs for pupils.

Neighbouring Ireland has gone into lockdown with offices and schools closed from 6pm today.

Scotland is also considering banning all public events with 500 people or more from Monday.


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Donald Trump has banned all travel between the EU and the US, excluding the UK, for the next 30 days.

In Italy 60million people have been put into quarantine with only food shops and pharmacies remaining open while the country battles the outbreak that has claimed the lives of more than 800 people.

As more people in the UK are being told to self-isolate, there is a lot of conflicting advice about what people need to do.

Both the government and the NHS has urged people not to panic buy in preparation for being quarantined at home for two weeks.

Supermarket shelves have been stripped of items such as toilet roll, pasta and tinned goods, while some are now rationing products for customers.


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If you do have to self-isolate, here are the five key things the NHS advises you to do.

1. Stay at home and away from people

It sounds obvious but if you do have to self-isolate, you need to make sure you stay at home.

Don't invite people into your home or have visitors and, if possible, remain in a separate room to anyone else in your home.

Only allow people who live with you to stay in your home.

2. Find a well ventilated room


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If you have to self-isolate you'll be lacking in fresh air and sunlight.

If possible make sure you spend your time in a well ventilated room with a window that can be opened.

3. Get deliveries dropped off outside

If you need to have a food delivery, make sure it's dropped off outside your front door and don't collect it from the driver.

When they've left, you can go and collect your delivery.

If you have errands, prescriptions to collect or other items that need collecting, ask family or friends who aren't self-isolating to get them for you.

Again, if you're having items dropped off, make sure they're left outside and collect them when the person has left.


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4. Clean bathrooms and toilets regularly

Make sure your bathroom and toilet are clean.

If necessary, create a bathroom rota with the person who is infected or has been forced to self-isolate using it last.

They must then thoroughly clean the bathroom before anyone else can use it.

Anyone infected, or who needs to be in isolation, should make sure they use separate towels from everyone else in the house.

5. Think about your pets

Try to stay away from your pets and if you are unable to, make sure you wash your hands before and after contact with them.

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