What to do if you have COVID-19

You are advised to stay at home if you have tested positive for coronavirus or have symptoms.

There is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate. However, anyone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 is advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Once they do not have a high temperature, they can safely return to their normal routine.

Anyone who tests positive should avoid contact with anyone in an at-risk group, including if they live in the same household.

Be prepared in case you need to stay at home

If you test positive or have symptoms, you are advised to stay at home. Don’t be tempted to pop out to the shops to stock up on food and essentials.

It’s a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you already have essential items at home. It might be a few days before you can get supplies from friends, family, or local support services.

How to keep others safe at home

Here are a few simple things you can do:

  • keep shared spaces like the bathroom and kitchen clean using normal household products
  • regularly clean things people touch the most such as taps, worktops, tables, door handles, light switches, and handrails
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • don’t share towels, including hand towels and tea towels
  • cover coughs and sneezes and bin tissues quickly
  • air the house and open windows when you can, coronavirus doesn’t spread as quickly in well-ventilated spaces
  • limit close contact with others at home as much as possible

If you live in shared or overcrowded accommodation, there is guidance about how you can reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

Getting help

There is help at hand if you’re worried about staying at home and if you need help getting essentials like food or medicine.

Essential help

If you do not have support available from friends or family, the Bracknell Forest Community Response is available 7 days a week to help with things like:

  • food shopping
  • collecting prescriptions
  • dog walking
  • information and advice

Contact the Bracknell Forest Community Response by:

Help with money and work

If you have to stay at home and you’re worried about whether you will get paid while you’re away from work, you can:

Help with mental wellbeing

If you’re struggling to cope, having difficulty sleeping, or managing stress, you’re not alone.

Our Public Health Portal has advice on how to protect your mental wellbeing as well as advice for parents and carers of young people.

Whatever you are going though, you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Help if you’re unwell

If your symptoms worsen and you’re struggling to manage it’s important that you get medical help.

You can visit 111.nhs.uk online or call 111 for urgent medical advice. An advisor will direct you to the most appropriate service and can book you a slot at A&E if needed.