How to avoid spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) to people you live with
NHS advice about what to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and you live with other people.
If you are self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19), there are things you can do to reduce the chances of spreading any infection to the 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
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
do not share towels, including hand towels and tea towels
It's especially important to try to avoid spreading the infection to anyone who's at higher risk from COVID-19 (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.