Stay at home for 14 days
If you’re told to self-isolate because you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus:
- self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – as it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
- do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
- do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
- try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
- people you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
- people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
If you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days.
If you have to stay in the same home together, read about how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with.
What is a support bubble?
A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from 1 other household.
Find out more about meeting people from outside your household on GOV.UK.