Correct at 17/3/2020…
To protect others in the community
• Not leaving the house and, if living with others, minimising sharing space with others.
In an ideal world, this means:
• Sleeping alone.
• Not sharing a bed, toothbrush, crockery, towels or food.
• Staying in one room, into which others do not go, as much as possible. If rooms do need to be shared, using them when others are not present.
• If possible, using a separate bathroom; if this is not possible, the patient cleans the bathroom after each use.
• If possible, having meals brought to the room rather than the patient preparing them in a shared space.
• Regular handwashing by all in the household, with the patient having a separate towel from the rest of the household.
Looking after self
• Identify those who can help provide supplies (dropping on the doorstep, not stopping to chat!), and keeping in touch by phone/social media, not face to face.
• Can you exercise? If essential, yes, but keep a safe distance (at least 2m) from others.
• Can you go in the garden? Yes.
• Breastfeeding is safe (there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through breast milk).
• Pets are not at risk of getting coronavirus.
Detailed patient guidance is available here: