People who may have coronavirus, and anyone living with them, are advised to self-isolate at home. This means anyone with the main symptoms of coronavirus (a new continuous cough, and/or high temperature).

Everyone else is advised to avoid contact with others as much as possible. This means staying at home except in a few specific circumstances, and will be legally enforced. Restrictions on leaving home will be reviewed periodically but a requirement, or simply advice, to practise social distancing could remain in place for a considerable length of time.

This could be a difficult, lonely and frustrating experience, so it’s important to take care of yourself.

If you can, keep in touch with friends and family by phone or online, even if you can’t see them in person.

If you feel well enough, try to keep busy, whether through activities such as cooking, gardening or reading, or through watching films, or even taking light exercise in the garden if you have one available, or otherwise indoors – see the NHS website for suggestions. Provided you are not self-isolating, leaving your home once a day to take exercise is permitted.

Try to establish a routine, and maintain a sense of normality. If you are working from home, establish a regular pattern for your work.

Drink water to keep yourself hydrated. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. When possible, get fresh air by having windows open, and keep curtains open to get natural sunlight.

Consider over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, to help with symptoms if you have them. Use these according to the instructions on the packet or label and do not exceed the recommended dose.


Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

Official government guidance for households where someone may be infected

Official government guidance on social distancing

NHS advice on mental health

Updated 11th May, 16:00.