If you’ve been treated in hospital with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, a clinical assessment will determine if you can complete your recovery at home.
When you get it home it’s essential to practise household isolation.
If you have an underlying health condition or have been severely unwell in hospital, you may need to practise shielding. Staff will discuss this with you before you leave hospital.
Adults managing symptoms at home
You should follow our self-care advice to manage any symptoms you may still have at home.
What if I get worse when I get home?
Most people with coronavirus will gradually get better at home and make a full recovery. However, if your symptoms get worse at home you should phone 111 and tell them you’ve been assessed as having coronavirus. You should do this particularly if:
- breathlessness develops or worsens
- you have severe thirst and are peeing less than normal
- you feel lightheaded or become very weak
- you develop new or severe muscle cramps
- your symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days
If you have a cough, this can last longer than 7 days. If you have no other symptoms you don’t need to seek extra help.
Phone 999 if you have a medical emergency, particularly if:
- you’re short of breath whilst resting
- your lips and tongue turn blue
- your skin is ‘mottled’ or discoloured
Postnatal managing symptoms at home
If you’ve just had a baby but have also been assessed as having coronavirus and have been admitted to hospital, you should follow the advice above.
If there’s a medical emergency and you need to phone 111 or 999, inform the call handler that you’ve just had a baby.
It’s very unlikely that you will have passed coronavirus on to your child.
Read our pregnancy and newborn babies advice for more information.
Managing your child’s symptoms at home
If your child has been in hospital with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, you should follow our self-care advice to manage any symptoms your child’s may still have at home.
What if my child’s symptoms get worse at home?
Most children and babies with coronavirus will gradually get better at home and make a full recovery. However, if you’re worried about your child or baby you should phone 111 and tell them they’ve been assessed as having coronavirus. You should do this particularly if:
- they start breathing very fast
- they’re very thirsty and peeing less than normal
- they’re not feeding or eating (children younger than 5)
- they keep vomiting
- they start to get a very high temperature again
- their symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days
If your child or baby has a cough, this can last longer than 7 days. If they have no other symptoms you don’t need to seek extra help.
If they’re very unwell and seem to be getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, phone 999, particularly if:
- they’re short of breath whilst resting
- their lips and tongue turn blue
- their skin is ‘mottled’, pale or discoloured
- they have a fit or convulsion
- they become lethargic or difficult to wake up
- they’re abnormally cold to touch
Don’t delay in getting help if you’re worried and always trust your instincts.
Informing your GP or other care providers
The hospital or assessment centre will update your GP that you or your child have been assessed for or admitted to hospital for coronavirus. You don’t need to phone your GP to let them know.
You should phone other care providers such as your midwife, your child’s nursery or other care providers to let them know.
Getting a sick line
You can send an isolation note to your employer as proof you need to stay off work because of coronavirus.
You don’t need to get a note from a GP.
Get an isolation note