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Jersey government updates coronavirus public health advice

The new advice says entire households should self isolate if any member shows symptoms. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Entire households should self-isolate if anyone living there shows symptoms of coronavirus, according to Jersey's updated public health advice.

Under the new guidance, if one or more people in the household develops the following symptoms, then others in the home must also self-isolate:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle aches
  • Blocked/runny nose
  • Gastrointestinal fever

Anyone who experiences the symptoms and lives with others must self-isolate in one room until their symptoms clear, or for seven days - whichever is the longer time period.

Others living with that person must isolate for a minimum of 14 days as they may be carrying the virus without displaying symptoms.

Any member of the household who does develop symptoms, at any stage of the self-isolate should self-isolate either until the symptoms clear or for seven days after they first showed - whichever is the longest.

The government stresses that any islander who has been in self-isolation should continue to practice social distancing after their period of isolation has ended.

People living together are of course more likely to infect each other. If the entire household isolates when one person has symptoms, it will reduce the rate of infection passed on in the community by other household members who may not be showing symptoms.

People isolating within the household must continue with regular hand washing, using soap and water. If anyone within the household is concerned about their symptoms, they should contact their GP by phone for further advice or in the event of an emergency phone 999. Do not attend your GP or the emergency department unannounced.

– Dr Ivan Muscat, Deputy Medical Officer of Health and consultant microbiologist

If a member of the household develops symptoms late in the 14-day isolation period, they should stay at home for the duration that they have symptoms or for seven days - whichever is the longest period of time.

Islanders who live alone and develop symptoms are advised to isolate for a minimum of seven days after the symptoms first appear.

In cases where an islander who is unwell lives with someone with existing health conditions or who is over the age of 65, the vulnerable islander should:

  • Keep away from the unwell person/people as much as physically possible
  • Consider moving out of the household to other friends and family who do not have symptoms

While a whole household is self-isolating, all members should refrain from leaving the house except for short periods of exercise or essential shopping.

Islanders should continue maintaining a distance of two metres and stay away from other families and friends.

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