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What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus

Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home as you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Do not meet others, even friends or family.

  • only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you can’t work from home)
  • stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times If you go out
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can go outside for exercise more than once a day, for example a run, walk or cycle alone or with members of your household. This only applies to exercise – you must not go outside for other activities such as sitting, sunbathing, or outdoor leisure activities like golf or football. You should stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times while exercising outside.
Read the Scottish Government’s full guidance for staying at home and away from others
If you have to leave the house for any of the above reasons it is recommended that you wear a face covering.  Click here for more guidance on face coverings.

Coronavirus symptoms

  • continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

If you’ve developed symptoms in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
Only phone 111 if:

  • your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
  • breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
  • your symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days

Testing for Coronavirus

Testing is now open to any member of the public with COVID-19 symptoms by clicking here

Get an isolation note to give to your employer

Get an isolation note


If you don’t have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline has been set up on 0800 028 2816.

Reviewed: 20.05.2020