Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance for Solo Residents

By Fiona Carling on 24.3.20

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance for Solo Residents

If you have questions about Coronavirus you should visit the NHS website  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. These guidance notes provide additional information for Solo Residents about the help we can offer if you or your housemates need to self-isolate.

 Guidance for Residents in Shared Accommodation

What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

A high temperature: You feel hot to the touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).

A new and continuous cough: cough a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it could be worse than usual).

If you or somebody you live with has symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), you will need to self-isolate. This means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people.

You can visit the NHS Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/ for guidance on how to stay at home.

DO NOT VISIT your GP surgery, pharmacist or hospital if you suspect that you have Coronavirus. If you are unsure of what to do after visiting the website you can contact the NHS on 111. If your symptoms get worse and you don’t think you can manage at home call 999 and wait at home for assistance.

We have now been instructed by government to stay at home until further notice, to stop coronavirus spreading

This includes people of all ages - even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions

You can only leave home to:

  • Shop for basic essentials - only when you need to
  • One form of exercise a day - run, walk or cycle. Alone or with people you live with
  • Medical need - To visit pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vunerable person.
  • To travel to and from work - but only where absolutely necessary.

At all times social distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) must be maintained

Self-Isolating already?

If you have the virus you may already be Self-Isolating. Staying at home means you must:

  • Not go to work, school or public areas
  • Not use public transport or taxis
  • Not have visitors, such as friends and family, or support workers in your home
  • Not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home. Your support worker may be able to help with this too.

You can use your garden if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise – but stay at least 2 metres away from other people (known as social distancing).

How to Self-Isolate in Shared Housing

  • Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from people you live with. 
  • Minimise the time you spend in shared spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens and sitting rooms as much as possible and keep shared spaces well ventilated, clean and tidy. 
  • Make sure you use your own towels for drying after bathing/showering and after washing hands and faces. Do not share towels with your housemates.
  •  If you do share a toilet or bathroom, it is important that you clean them after each time you use them (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with).
  •  If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it while others are present. Take your meals back to your room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry your used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. REMEMBER TO USE A SEPARATE TEA TOWEL
  •  We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face and clean frequently touched surfaces.

 What will Solo do to help?

Your support worker is not a medical professional. If you think you may be at risk of having Coronavirus and are not sure what to do please call 111. Solo Housing can help you by:

  • Delivering essential food, medicine and cleaning supplies to you. There is a nationwide shortage of cleaning supplies at the moment, but we will do our best to help you as soon as we can. If you have family or friends that can deliver to you, you should also ask them to help first.
  •  Provide extra towels and tea towels in your shared house.
  •  Provide you with a rota sheet to help you and your housemates plan how you use shared spaces.
  •  Helping you set up online shopping if you are unsure how to do so.
  •  Continuing to support you. We won’t be able to see you face to face at this time, but you can still phone, text or email your support worker. We will also provide you with information about other services and resources that can help you while you are staying at home.

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