How to self-quarantine for Coronavirus – strict rules you must follow

As the number of people infected with Coronavirus grows, with more and more countries reporting cases, stricter measures are being put in place to stop it spreading.

There have been a number of confirmed cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with many schools and offices closing their doors in a bid to stop the number rising.

People up and down the country are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days if they have returned from places around the world suffering from an outbreak – including north Italy.

But what does that actually mean?

Anyone who has been advised to self-quarantine must stick to strict rules and restrictions to ensure they are completely isolated during the two-week period.

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Stay at home – and keep away from anyone else you live with

Affected people must stay at home all the time. This means they can't go to work or school.

You should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened.

If you need food or other supplies, you can't go out and get them and must ask family or friends to deliver them to you.

You must stay by yourself, not mixing with anyone else you live with. This normally involves staying in certain rooms of the house.

If you are living with somebody who is in self-quarantine, it's advised that you wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This should also be done every time you come into contact with the person or touching something they have touched.

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If possible, the quarantined person should have their own bathroom which is not used by anyone else in the house.

If you don't have the facilities for this, they should always try to use the toilet last. The government's advice suggests setting up a bathroom rota for washing and bathing.

If sharing a bathroom, the isolated person should clean it themselves after every use.

Towels should not be shared, and they should also have their own separate dishes, glasses and cutlery.

Plates and cutlery should be washed in a dishwasher if possible.

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No visitors

Only people who live with you are allowed into the house. All communication should be done over the phone or through other means of technology.

If someone is dropping off supplies they should leave them outside.

Avoid pets

If you have animals in your home you should avoid them as much as possible.

If you can't, make sure you wash your hands before and after all contact.

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Your rubbish should be double bagged and can't be thrown away. The bags should be kept until the quarantine is over.

If your results come back positive you will be given advice on what to do with the rubbish.

Wear a facemask if advised to do so

If you have been given a mask, wear it whenever you are in the same room with other people – including doctors and other medical staff.

Coronavirus is actually a common type of virus, but the new strand – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – was first identified in Wuhan City, China, last year.

While the majority of people just face symptoms such as a fever or cough, it can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

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