I am a tenant living in rented accommodation, and have symptoms that could be Coronavirus - is there anything I need to do ? Do I need to tell anyone?
Coronavirus (Covid 19) is identified as having symptoms of a new continuous cough, high temperature (fever) and a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), though unlike colds and flu common this time of year it does not show the usual additional symptoms of a blocked or runny nose, and sneezing. (It is noted that it takes 5 days for symptoms to start showing).
Government advice now notes (18 December 2020) that should you demonstrate any of these symptoms you should self-isolate in a bid to prevent & slow the spread of the virus. Everyone with flu-like symptoms (defined as a fever above 37.8c or a persistent cough) should stay at home in self-isolation immediately and Arrange to have a test for COVID-19 if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home test kit, a test site appointment or a test result.
Your household needs to isolate too.
What is Self-Isolation?
Self-isolation is a means of cutting yourself off from the rest of the world - and to do this you would need to stay at home, not go to work, school, or public areas and do not use public transport or taxis. Only leave your home to get to your test if you need to, observe strict social distancing advice and return immediately afterwards.
Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. A positive PCR test result means you must complete your full isolation period. Your isolation period starts immediately from when your symptoms started, or, if you do not have any symptoms, from when your first test was taken, whether this was an LFD or a PCR test.
A positive LFD test result also means you must complete 10 days isolation, unless this is followed by a PCR test and the result is negative.
You can return to your normal routine and stop self-isolating after 10 full days if your symptoms have gone, or if the only symptoms you have are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If you still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, stay at home and seek medical advice.
You may need help with groceries, shopping and medication - which you should ask friends,family or delivery drivers to drop off (at your doorstep) but you shouldnt have visitors.
What if I share a home with others ?
If you need to self-isolate and share a kitchen - avoid using it when others are in the house, take your meals to your own room to eat. Clean all surfaces with household cleaning products daily.
Limit contact with your housemates / family members as much as possible
Your housemates / family members should wash their hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds - and especially after any contact with someone self-isolating
Do not share towels, toiletries or other household items with someone self-isolating, and where possible use a separate bathroom. If that is not possible, the self-isolating person should use the bathroom last, cleaning thoroughly afterwards.
Any rubbish that the isolated person has been in contact with should be double bagged and kept - for separate disposal if testing positive for coronavirus.
If I am self-isolating is there anyone I need to tell ?
If you have contractors due to attend your property to carry out repairs, inspections or safety checks you will need to advise them / your landlord / property manager that you are self-isolating, in order that they can ensure precautions.
It is likely that the contractor visits will be re-arranged / postponed in order for you to complete the self-isolation before they can visit your property. Keep in touch with them to rearrange suitable dates, and update them on progress so that things can be arranged as quickly as possible once your isolation is complete.
Contractors, landlords and property managers need to support you in ensuring any repairs and health and safety checks are carried out, however should not be putting themselves or others with whom they work / come into contact with at risk, so they will NOT be attending whilst you are self -isolating.
Be prepared for contractors to ask questions related to Coronavirus, such as if you have travelled overseas, or been in contact with anyone testing positive for the virus before they attend. It is likely you will be contacted to confirm the appointment and safety for the visit just before.
For more information on Coronavirus and self-isolation review the link below :
16th March 2020
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