Self-isolation means to stay away from people when you are sick. It is recommended to stay in a room alone and avoid all physical contact with others. This is an important thing to do if you have the symptoms of COVID-19 or any other virus. It will also help you to protect the people you love and your community from infection.
If you feel at least three of the known symptoms of COVID-19, stay indoors and call your nearest public health facility (like a clinic or a hospital) to ask whether they provide testing. This is because it can take 14 days for all the symptoms to show.
Do the following while you are in self-isolation:
- Don't shake people's hands. Rather greet each other using your elbows.
- Don't leave your house or bedroom if you stay with other people.
- Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with other people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Avoid visiting people or allowing visitors into your home.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze/cough with a tissue or your elbow.
- Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
- Disinfect your home and wipe down places you touch a lot (e.g. your door handles).
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds at a time (or sing the 'Happy Birthday' song twice).
If you do not have airtime to call the clinic/hospital, use the toll-free numbers below or ask a family member to go to the clinic/hospital on your behalf to get more information: