COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) has broken out in several countries.

If you have departed from one of these affected countries in the last 14 days, or you have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed with COVID-19, in the last 14 days, you may have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19.

You may not know if you have been exposed as it may take up to two weeks for symptoms to present.

To keep yourself and others safe by self-isolation.

This means if you departed a country where there has been an outbreak of COVID-19, or you have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed with COVID-19, you need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure or meeting of the person.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

This means not meeting with other people. Don’t go to work, school, church, or shopping etc.

You should stay at least 1m away from other people.

If you share a home with other people, avoid close contact with other people, don’t share dishes, food, towels, pillows etc.

It is important that dishes are cleaned in the dishwasher and use the washing machine for towels and pillows etc.

Remember to cover your nose and mouth if you need to cough or sneeze. You can use the sleeve of your arm, or you can use a tissue and dispose of the tissue in a bin.

When you have finished, you should wash your hands. Remember to wash you hands with warm water and soap. You can use a hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

If you need food shopping, you can ask family or friends to do this for you, or you can place an order via online shopping and arrange for delivery at the door. This is safe.

It is best that you avoid using public transport, taxis and uber where you share facilities.

Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453

The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

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