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Positive test? How to protect your family, friends and neighbours

Release date: 
Friday, 7 August, 2020

If you've got possible coronavirus symptoms, you should try to isolate from the other people you share the house with.

This is especially important if you live in a shared house with other people, such as students. Or if you live in a house with different generations such as children, parents and grandparents.

This helps to reduce the chance of it spreading between families.

You shouldn't go out if you've tested positive, have symptoms or are told to isolate. Avoid contact even with other members of your household as much as possible, and don’t invite visitors into your home. This helps to stop other people from catching it.

You should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened, and separate from other people in your home, if possible. Keep the door closed whenever you can.

Use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household, if possible.

If you have to share bathroom facilities, regular and thorough cleaning is essential.

You should use the bathroom last, before thoroughly cleaning it. This reduces the chance of spreading it.

Use separate towels from other household members, even just for dying hands after washing them.

You should avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens, if other people are in there. Take your meals to another room to eat, if you can.

Use a dishwasher if you have one, and if you don't have one, wash them by hand and use a separate tea towel.

Help is available for people from Burnley Together. This includes help with shopping, picking up medication and even looking after pets.  

It’s important that people follow these measures to help to reduce the spread and protect each other. 

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