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Coronavirus (COVID-19) content toolkit How to write about self-isolation

NHS self-isolation content last updated: 12 January 2021.

We have 4 types of content about self-isolation if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These are designed to be used in different contexts and across a range of products and services.

Short version

Stay at home (self-isolate) if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or you test positive. Anyone you live with must also self-isolate.

This content is best when space is limited – for example, a tweet or text message. It contains all the key information in fewer than 150 characters.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.

Expanded version

Stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

While you're self-isolating, you and anyone you live with should not leave your home.

  • Do not go to work, school or public places.
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis.
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine. Order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home.
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family (except for people providing essential care).
  • Do not go out to exercise. Exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.

This content may be better if you have more space – for example, in an app or embedded within a web page. It provides more detail to help users understand how and when to self-isolate.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.

Conversational version

How can I treat the symptoms of coronavirus?

To help yourself stay well while you're at home with coronavirus (COVID-19): get lots of rest and sleep, take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable, and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear. A teaspoon of honey can help ease a cough, but do not give honey to babies under 12 months.

Can I take ibuprofen if I have coronavirus?

There have been some news reports of ibuprofen making coronavirus (COVID-19) worse. A review of the research has now confirmed there is no clear evidence this is the case. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat symptoms of coronavirus. But try paracetamol first if you can. It has fewer side effects than ibuprofen and is the safer choice for most people.

This content is suited for voice assistants and chatbots. It's written in a voice-friendly structure – for example, by avoiding bullet points.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.

Full version

See our full page on the NHS website about when to self-isolate and what to do.

This content is best if you have space for a full web page of content and want your users to know all the information and advice on self-isolation.

How to use this content

There are several ways you can use the coronavirus content from the NHS website in your website, product or service.

API

Our coronavirus API allows you to integrate the coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the NHS website into your website, product or service.

Widget

Our coronavirus widget is a content box using NHS website styles that contains the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the NHS website.

Sign up for alerts when we change our symptoms content

If you want to adapt our symptoms content for your product or service, we an can alert you each time our content changes.

This can help you make sure your content is always up to date and aligned with the messaging on the NHS website.