Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of 335 people in the UK, a figure that is bound to raise pulses as across Britain. News of the rapid rise comes as the Prime Minister chairs an emergency COBRA meeting to decide how best to tackle the snowballing crisis. While senior government officials thrash out a plan, the general public should not regard themselves as passive observers to the unfolding pandemic.
When to self-isolate – everything you need to know
In addition to staying at home for seven days if you recognise mild symptoms, there are a number of important protective measures to follow.
If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms, advises the NHS.
Furthermore, if you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
“If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible,” advises the health site.