Guidance

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Applies to England

Documents

Stay at home illustration

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: what to do if you or someone you share your home with has coronavirus symptoms (easy-read guide)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Arabic)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Bengali)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Simplified Chinese)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Traditional Chinese)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (French)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Gujarati)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Polish)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Portuguese)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Punjabi)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Urdu)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Details

This guidance is intended for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

An illustration demonstrating a worked example for household self-isolation is included.

Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection has been incorporated into Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection as of 19 July 2021.

Published 12 March 2020
Last updated 11 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect the end of the shielding programme.

  2. Updated stay at home illustration.

  3. Updated easy-read version.

  4. Added translations.

  5. Added information for children and young people attending educational settings.

  6. Updated in line with changes to self-isolation for contacts from 16 August.

  7. Updated translations.

  8. Updated in line with changes to guidance for Step 4 of the roadmap. Added information for those living a nomadic way of life, and on the use of GermDefence. 'Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection' has been incorporated into the main 'Stay at home' guidance document.

  9. Updated translations.

  10. Added information on contacts organising a PCR test and added recommendation for those with symptoms to organise a test even if symptoms are mild.

  11. Updated translations.

  12. Updated to include Universal Testing Offer.

  13. Added translated versions.

  14. Reinforced advice for those who have been fully vaccinated. Guidance updated regarding follow-up PCR for positive assisted LFD tests.

  15. Added illustration demonstrating a worked example for household self-isolation and updated translations and easy-read guidance.

  16. Updated to reflect legal duty for public to isolate following a positive LFD test. Added information for staff being tested regularly in care homes, the NHS and schools.

  17. Added Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu translations.

  18. Updated 'Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection' to reflect change in self-isolation period for contacts from 14 to 10 days.

  19. Updated Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection with changes in self-isolation.

  20. Added updated easy-read version and translations for Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

  21. Updated guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together with information on how COVID-19 is spread and on financial support and the enforcement of self-isolation. All translations have been removed while awaiting update.

  22. Added information on actions to take in case of a negative test result, enforcement of self-isolation, and aerosol transmission.

  23. Updated to include new legal requirements for self-isolation.

  24. Updated to include new legal requirements for self-isolation due to come into effect on 28 September 2020.

  25. Updated guidance to include the new legal requirements for self-isolation due to come into effect on 28 September 2020.

  26. Updated link on support bubbles in guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together.

  27. Revised language in relation to self-isolation.

  28. Updated translated versions to reflect changes to core guidance.

  29. Updated translated versions to reflect changes to core guidance.

  30. Updated easy read version with changes to self-isolation period.

  31. Removed 'Stay at Home guidance for households: current guidelines illustrated' PDF, as out of date.

  32. Updated to reflect the extension of self-isolation to 10 days.

  33. Updated link to information on local restrictions.

  34. Updated information on disposal of used face coverings.

  35. Updated information on disposal of used face coverings.

  36. Added updated translations.

  37. Added local lockdowns guidance link to guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.

  38. Added easy-read guide.

  39. Added guidance on support bubbles.

  40. Updated 'Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection' to align with Test and Trace regulations.

  41. Updated 'Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection'.

  42. Updated information on symptoms.

  43. Added guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

  44. Amended text in section on 'Self-isolation' to be consistent with text about 'Household isolation'.

  45. Guidance updated.

  46. Added YouTube video.

  47. Added translated versions of guidance.

  48. Added easy-read guide.

  49. Added translated versions.

  50. Added 'Stay at home guidance for households: illustration' document.

  51. Updated guidance to include information for households with a possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

  52. First published.