How to self-isolate for coronavirus if you live with family or in shared house

Thousands of people up and down the country are being asked to self-isolate as the UK desperately tries to contain coronavirus.

With new cases of COVID-19 are being confirmed every day, the Government is taking steps to try to prevent more tragic deaths.

People are being asked to stay indoors for 14 days if they believe they could have the deadly illness, and there are a a lot of rules they must follow.

While this is pretty straight forward for anyone who lives alone, it can be extremely difficult for families and people in shared houses.

We've had a look through exactly what self-isolating if you live with other people involves.


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While the idea of all chilling in the living room together is appealing, government guidelines says you must all stay by yourself and can't mix.

Affected people must stay at home all the time. This means they can't go to work or school.

You should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened.

If you need food or other supplies, you can't go out and get them and must ask family or friends to deliver them to you.


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This normally involves staying in certain rooms of the house.

If possible, the quarantined person should have their own bathroom which is not used by anyone else in the house.

If you don't have the facilities for this, they should always try to use the toilet last. The government's advice suggests setting up a bathroom rota for washing and bathing.

If sharing a bathroom, the isolated person should clean it themselves after every use.


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Towels should not be shared, and they should also have their own separate dishes, glasses and cutlery.

Plates and cutlery should be washed in a dishwasher if possible.

If you are living with somebody who is in self-quarantine, it's advised that you wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

This should also be done every time you come into contact with the person or touching something they have touched.

Wear a facemask if advised to do so

If you have been given a mask, wear it whenever you are in the same room with other people – including doctors and other medical staff.


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No visitors

Only people who live with you are allowed into the house. All communication should be done over the phone or through other means of technology.

If someone is dropping off supplies they should leave them outside.

Waste

Your rubbish should be double bagged and can't be thrown away. The bags should be kept until the quarantine is over.

If your results come back positive you will be given advice on what to do with the rubbish.

Avoid pets

If you have animals in your home you should avoid them as much as possible.

If you can't, make sure you wash your hands before and after all contact.

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