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People with symptoms told to stay at home

Published: 12 Mar 2020 17:00

Those with mild symptoms of COVID-19 to take appropriate steps.

People with symptoms suggestive of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a fever or a new cough – should stay at home for seven days from tomorrow (Friday 13 March), Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has announced.

Those who have been in contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms should only stay at home if they begin to experience symptoms.

The advice comes after the First Minister confirmed that the Scottish and UK Governments are moving from the containment phase to delay.

The decision to move to the delay phase and propose people with symptoms stay at home follows scientific advice from the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers who have said it is a necessary step to try to slow down the spread of infection.

Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood said:

“Scotland is well-prepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus but there is currently no treatment or vaccine. Early detection measures will continue to be vital in helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Following scientific and clinical advice, we have moved from containment to delay and that means we are advising all those experiencing symptoms which may be coronavirus, including those with mild symptoms, to stay at home.

“People have a vital role to play in helping us contain any outbreak by following the latest health and travel advice, and following basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Background

Read the COVID-19 Guidance for Non-Healthcare Settings.

Further additional guidance and information, including links to guidance for travellers and the general public, can also be found on HPS’ COVID-19 page.

The latest numbers of test results are published at 2pm each day on the Scottish Government website.

Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
• fever or a temperature of above 37.8°C
• persistent cough

Updates on public health advice for coronavirus can be found on the NHS Inform website, and a free helpline has been set up for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice: 0800 028 2816.

For anyone who is planning to travel abroad, guidance can be found on fitfortravel. Where a COVID-19 risk is identified, country pages will be updated.