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12 March 2020

Government publishes 'stay at home guidance' for people with symptoms

Introduced by

Department of Health and Social Care

Targeted at

People with symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19 and those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19


Published on 12 March 2020

Stated aims

To greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community


As the government moves from the 'contain' to the 'delay' phase of its response to COVID-19, it publishes guidance advising people with symptoms to stay at home for 7 days (from when the symptoms appear) and that they do not need to be tested. After 7 days, if a person still has a high temperature they should keep self-isolating until the temperature returns to normal. They do not need to continue isolating if they just have a cough after 7 days. Those with symptoms are told: 'do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital; you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home; testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is not needed if you’re staying at home'.


Gov.uk guidance