If you’re wondering about the difference between ‘self-isolating’ and ‘social distancing’ – and which you should be doing right now – we’re here to help.
Should I be social distancing?
Social distancing is about ways to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus. It’s advised for all of us at the moment – and strongly advised for people over 70, or people with a long-term condition, including those at particular risk.
How do I do it?
Social distancing is all about significantly limiting face-to-face contact if you can and making sure that essential visitors (such as health care services, carers or family members) follow handwashing and hygiene advice very carefully. You can go outside for a walk to the park or into your garden if you stay more than 3 steps (2 metres) from other people.
Should I be self-isolating?
Self-isolating, also called staying at home, applies to people who have symptoms of coronavirus and people who live with them. If you have asthma and you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough or a fever), stay in your home for 7 days if you live on your own, or 14 days if you live with others. Everyone in your household will need to stay in the house for 14 days.
How do I do it?
In addition to the social distancing steps above, self-isolation involves:
- Staying at home and not going out. Do not leave your home to walk (such as in a park) or to visit schools or other public places. You can go into your garden, if you have one.
- Staying away from other people in your home. Try to keep at least 3 steps (2 metres) away from others, particularly people over 70 or with a long-term condition
- Sleeping alone if you can
- Not having any visitors. Ask people to leave deliveries for you outside.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for the latest advice for people with asthma.