Home Isolation of Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Corona Virus COVID-19 Pandemic

Do I need to be separate from other people in my home if I am isolating?

Yes. If you are sharing your home with others, you should stay in a different room from other people or be separated as much as possible. Wear a surgical mask when you are in the same room as another person, and when seeking medical care. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

Make sure that you do not share a room with people who are at risk of severe disease, such as elderly people and those who have heart, lung or kidney conditions, and diabetes.

Visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home should not visit while you are isolating.

Someone in my household recently returned from overseas or has been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and is self-isolating. Do I need to self-isolate too?

Other members of the household are not required to be isolated unless they have also:

  • been overseas in the last 14 days
  • been a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Make sure you maintain a safe distance from that person at all times but support them as much as possible to maintain their self-isolation.

How can I access groceries and medicines while in home isolation?

If you need groceries or medicines (including prescription medicines), ask a family member or friend (who is not in isolation) to deliver them to your home or shop for groceries online. To prevent infecting other people, make sure you wear a mask when receiving a delivery or have the groceries left at your door.

When someone has finished 14 days isolation, do they need to see their GP?

If you are well at the end of 14 days self-isolation, you can resume your normal lifestyle.

Are you worried that you or someone you know may have or has COVID-19; or are anxious about being in isolation and would you like to speak to someone about it?

Do you have any problem sleeping?

Healthy sleep is important for both physical and mental health. Everyone, from children to older adults, can benefit from practicing good sleep habits. The following habits and practices will help you sleep well.

  • Go to bed at the same time each day.
  • Get up at the same time each day.
  • Don’t nap during the day.
  • Reduce or cut out alcohol and stimulants (coffee, tea, tobacco, soft drinks), particularly at night.
  • Avoid using sleeping tablets.
  • Get regular exercise each day, but not just prior to going to bed.
  • Set aside time during the day to deal with problems (don’t take them to bed where you will think about them).
  • Read or watch television in another area away from the bed.
  • Try to make the hour before going to sleep as calm as possible by reading, or trying a guided relaxation program.
  • Keep the bedroom comfortable, dark and quiet.
  • Try not to lie in bed worrying about not sleeping.
  • If not asleep after 30 minutes, get up and do something quiet such as reading or watching TV, and go back to bed when you are sleepy.

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