It has been announced by the Scottish Government that as of 13 March 2020, anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should self-isolate for 7 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days then people should be advised to phone their GP or NHS24 (111). Public Health England (PHE) have produced advice for people who have symptoms and are self-isolating which can be viewed on their website. The key messages include:
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See Ending Isolation section below for more information)
- This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
- Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
- Ask friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
- Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
- Sleep alone, if that is possible.
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
- Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
- You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation.
- If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online.
- If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Any student in this position must advise the College of this as soon as possible by contacting their Faculty office by telephone and should not attend College until the period of selfisolation has been completed.
- You should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of your symptoms.
- After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine.
- If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk.
- If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.