We know that there is some confusion over what the difference actually is. Below you will see that we have separated it out to try and help you understand what is safe to do in each situation.
There is a difference! Please take the time to take a look...
There are a number of scenarios where islanders have to self-isolate:
- If you have returned to Guernsey, Alderney or Sark from outside the Bailiwick since 19 March 2020 you are required to self-isolate by law for 14 days.
- You may also have to self-isolate as you have recently developed flu like symptoms (cough, sore throat, running or blocked nose, muscle pains, fatigue or a fever) and are self-isolating until 48 hours after your symptoms disappear
- You may have chosen to self-isolate if you are over 65 or you have an underlying health condition.
What is Self -Isolation?
- Self-Isolation is separating yourself from physical contact with the rest of the community. To put it simply, it means 'Stay at home'
- This is for the good of the community, to help us stop the possible spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your help and support in trying to stop the spread of any infection in the Bailiwick.
- The BBC has produced a film explaining self-isolation which can be found here.
- So, what if you develop symptoms in self-isolation?
- If you experience symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath), no matter how mild and have returned to the Bailiwick in the last 14 days, contact the coronavirus helpline on (01481) 756938 or (01481) 756969. They are there to give you advice seven days a week between 8am and 10pm. Tell them your travel history.
- If you are feeling very unwell, phone 999 telling the operator of your symptoms and travel history.
- You should self-isolate if you have recently developed flu like symptoms (cough, sore throat, running or blocked nose, muscle pains, fatigue or a fever) and you should remain in self-isolation until at least 48 hours after your symptoms disappear. This is irrespective as to whether you have travelled or not.
- DO NOT visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the PEH unannounced.
- Please remember, we appreciate your help and support in trying to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 infection in the Bailiwick.
- Some good advice for those in self-isolation...
- If you are self-isolating whether it is because you fall into the mandatory group, have symptoms, or have chosen to self-isolate voluntarily, please follow these guidelines:
- Separate yourself from other people in your home (unless you are in voluntary self-isolation)
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid sharing household items
- Monitor your symptoms
- Ask someone for help is you require groceries, other shopping or medications
- If you have a garden or contained outdoor space, you can go outside but avoid contact with others
- DO NOT have visitors in your home
- DO NOT be tempted to pop out, however briefly, to walk the dog, pop to the shops, or any other outings
- DO NOT visit your doctor, or go to hospital, without calling first
- DO NOT use public transport or taxis until you have been told that it is safe to do so
- If you have any clinical questions regarding the coronavirus please call (01481) 756938 or (01481) 756969 between 8am and 10pm daily for visit www.gov.gg/coronavirus.
What is Social Distancing?
- Social Distancing (also known as physical distancing) is simply maintaining some physical distance between yourself and others, it is a good way to slow the spread of an infection.
- Stay at least two metres (six feet) away from others, particularly when you are in their company for more than 15 minutes.
- You can still go out for a walk or exercise outdoors, but please avoid non-essential close contact.
- By reducing your social activities it is important to stay in contact with friends or family in other ways, for example using FaceTime, Messenger and Skype or simply write them a letter to pass the time (you could then take a walk to post it) or give them a call.