If you support someone at a higher risk from COVID-19 in their home, follow the advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19. Make sure the person you are visiting knows how to stay safe from COVID-19.
If you are not well
Do not visit if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a viral infection. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and call your GP. Do not visit until you are told it is safe to do so.
Stay away until 2 days after you feel better, even if you:
- do not need a COVID-19 test
- had a negative COVID-19 test (virus not found)
If you need to restrict your movements, do not visit until it is safe to do so.
Just in case, ask 1 or 2 people to be ready to take over visits at short notice if you become unwell.
Before you visit
Ask the person you are visiting if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, before you visit or as soon as you arrive.
Make sure you have supplies to clean your hands properly. Bring some tissues and hand sanitiser. Soap and water will also work well.
During your visit
Try to keep as much distance as possible between you and the person you are visiting. Open the windows or doors for ventilation, if possible.
Wear a face covering or a face mask. Encourage them to wear one too, if they can. Bring a clean spare face covering for them, in case they need it.
Put your face covering in a plastic bag when you are leaving and wash it when you get home.
Clean your hands
Clean your hands with hand sanitiser. Soap and water will also work well.
- when you arrive
- from time to time while you are there
- before you leave
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
If the person you are visiting has symptoms of COVID-19
If the person you are visiting has symptoms of COVID-19, ask if they need help to contact their GP. The GP will arrange a test if they need one.
If you need to stay with the person until they get other care, keep as much distance from them as you can. Ask the person to wear a mask or face covering.
If the person you are visiting has COVID-19
If the person you are visiting has COVID-19, talk to a doctor or nurse. They can tell you about extra care you can take. They may be able to tell you where you can get things you might need. For example, gloves, aprons, gowns, masks or visors. Ask them how to use and dispose of them safely.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate (stay in your room) and phone your GP.
Coughs and sneezes
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and ask the person you are visiting to do the same.
Put tissues in a bin immediately after you use them and clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your forearm or the bend of your elbow and clean your hands afterwards.
Regularly clean surfaces that are touched a lot with detergent and water or a detergent wipe.