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Stay at home

You're no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19.

However, the virus has not gone away. Staying at home is strongly encouraged if you test positive or feel unwell, especially if you have a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or change in your sense of taste or smell. This will help keep others safe and prevent the virus from spreading.

Treating symptoms

Most people, particularly those who are vaccinated, will only experience mild symptoms if they catch COVID-19.

The NHS has advice for treating symptoms at home, but if your symptoms are more severe you should call 111 or contact your GP. In an emergency, call 999.

Practical support - getting food and other essentials

If you can, order online or ask a family member, friend or neighbour who you know and trust to deliver essentials like food and medication.

If you can't, check the directory of Covid-19 support in your community for local businesses and voluntary organisations that can help you.

Emergency support for residents affected by COVID-19 has now ended. If you need emergency support due to the cost-of-living crisis, help may be available. Call 0191 433 7112 or Freephone 0800 953 7112.

Remember to stay vigilant. Although most people have good intentions and genuinely want to help, there are people who want to exploit the situation so don't hand over money or your credit/debit card to anyone you don't know or trust. Find out more about coronavirus scams.

Financial help

If you can't work from home, your employer should tell you if you're covered by their sick leave or special leave policy.

If you can't get sick pay from your employer, you might be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay or another type of financial support.

Wellbeing advice

Staying at home for prolonged periods can be difficult, especially if you're used to being active and sociable. To protect your mental health and wellbeing:

Stay active

Movement can help to boost your mood. Sport England has some great suggestions for exercising at home, from yoga and Pilates courses to cardio and strengthening programmes.

If you're unwell, you may not feel like exercising but even a gentle walk around the garden could help.

Have a routine

Develop a daily routine that works for you. This could include regular waking up and bedtimes, planned mealtimes and time to be physically active.

Stay relaxed

Self-isolation can be challenging, but remember that every day you stay at home reduces the risk of infection for those in your community.

Take some time each day to focus on how you're feeling and consider learning some mindfulness techniques.

Keep occupied

Continue with your current interests or explore new ones. Now could be the time to restart a hobby that you used to enjoy but haven't had time for.

Stay connected

Keep in touch with friends and family with regular phone calls and text messages. It's good to talk.