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How to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with

If you are self-isolating because of coronavirus, there are things you can do to reduce the chances of spreading any infection to the people you live with.

Try to stay away from people you live with

If you have symptoms, you should stay away from other people you live with as much as possible.

If you can:

  • stay on your own in one room as much as possible and keep the door closed
  • avoid using shared spaces (such as the kitchen) at the same time as other people – eat your meals in your room
  • use a separate bathroom - otherwise, use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you've touched

How to reduce the spread of infection in your home

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • clean objects and surfaces you touch often (such as door handles, kettles and phones) using your regular cleaning products

  • consider wearing a face covering when in shared spaces

  • keep windows open in the room you're staying in and shared spaces as much as possible

Don’t

  • do not share towels, including hand towels and tea towels

If you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus

It's especially important to try to avoid spreading the infection to anyone who's at higher risk from coronavirus (such as people who are 70 or over, pregnant or have a weakened immune system).

If you live with someone at higher risk, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family while you're self-isolating.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from each other. If possible, try not to share a bed.

Information:

More information about self-isolation

Read the full guidance about self-isolation on GOV.UK.

Page last reviewed: 16 October 2020
Next review due: 23 October 2020