Self-isolation is an important control measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The Government has now added a loss of taste and/or smell to the symptoms which mean you should self isolate.

This means the symptoms now are:

–   A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

–   A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

–   Loss of taste

–   Loss of smell

As a reminder re isolation times:

1. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (as above), self-isolate for 7 days.

a) After 7 days:

–   If you do not have a high temperature, you can stop self-isolating

–   If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal

–   You do not need to keep self-isolating if you just have a cough after 7 days. A cough can last for weeks after the infection has gone.

b) If you live with someone who has symptoms, self isolate for 14 days:

–   This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

–   If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.

–   If you get symptoms while self-isolating – you should self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started, even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days.

–   If you do not get symptoms while self-isolating – you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

c) Once out of isolation remember to follow social distancing guidelines.

If you have any questions relating to this, please contact Southalls via your consultant or 0345 2574015.

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